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By Jing Wang, Eva Shan Chou

Filled with mirages, hallucinations, myths, psychological puzzles, and the glorious, the modern experimental fiction of the chinese language avant-garde represents a style of storytelling in contrast to the other. no matter if attractive the worn spectacle of historical past, expressing possible unmotivated violence, or reinventing outlandish Tibetan myths, those tales are outlined by way of their devotion to theatrics and their willful apathy towards every little thing held sacred by means of the iteration that witnessed the Cultural Revolution.
Jing Wang has chosen provocative examples of this new university of writing, which won prominence within the overdue Eighties. Contradicting many long-cherished ideals approximately chinese language writers—including the alleged culture of writing as a political act opposed to authoritarianism—these tales make a dramatic holiday from conventions of contemporary chinese language literature by means of demonstrating an irreverence towards background and tradition and through celebrating the artificiality of storytelling. Enriched via the paintings of a special team of translators, this assortment offers a classy event that can have outraged many revolutionary-minded readers in China, yet one who additionally occupies an incredible position within the canon of chinese language literature. China’s Avant-Garde Fiction brings jointly a gaggle of outstanding writers (including Raise the purple Lantern writer Su Tong) to the eye of an English-speaking audience.
This ebook should be loved by way of these drawn to chinese language literature, tradition, and society—particularly readers of up to date fiction.

Contributors
. Bei Cun, Can Xue, Gei Fei, Ma Yuan, Su Tong, sunlight Ganlu, Yu Hua

Translators. Eva Shan Chou, Michael S. Duke, Howard Goldblatt, Ronald R. Janssen, Andrew F. Jones, Denis C. Mair, Victor H. Mair, Caroline Mason, Beatrice Spade, Kristina M. Torgeson, Jian Zhang, Zhu Hong

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