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By Jing Wang, Eva Shan Chou

Filled with mirages, hallucinations, myths, psychological puzzles, and the wonderful, the modern experimental fiction of the chinese language avant-garde represents a style of storytelling not like the other. even if enticing the worn spectacle of background, expressing doubtless unmotivated violence, or reinventing outlandish Tibetan myths, those tales are outlined via their devotion to theatrics and their willful apathy towards every thing held sacred by means of the iteration that witnessed the Cultural Revolution.
Jing Wang has chosen provocative examples of this new institution of writing, which received 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 recent chinese language literature by way of demonstrating an irreverence towards background and tradition and by way of celebrating the artificiality of storytelling. Enriched through the paintings of a amazing workforce of translators, this assortment provides a cultured adventure that can have outraged many revolutionary-minded readers in China, yet person who additionally occupies an incredible position within the canon of chinese language literature. China’s Avant-Garde Fiction brings jointly a bunch of remarkable writers (including Raise the pink Lantern writer Su Tong) to the eye of an English-speaking audience.
This booklet should be loved by way of these drawn to chinese language literature, tradition, and society—particularly readers of latest 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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