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August Sleepwalker

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The August Sleepwalker introduces to American readers the compelling and remarkable poetry of China's foremost modern poet. Bei Dao (Zhao Zhenkai). One of the most gifted and controversial writers to emerge from the massive upheavals of contemporary China. Bei Dao both reflects and criticizes the conflicts of the Cultural Revolution of the late '60s and '70s. A youthful Red Guard whose early disillusionment with the destructiveness of the times made him an outsider. Bei Dao joined with other underground poets ...
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Overview

The August Sleepwalker introduces to American readers the compelling and remarkable poetry of China's foremost modern poet. Bei Dao (Zhao Zhenkai). One of the most gifted and controversial writers to emerge from the massive upheavals of contemporary China. Bei Dao both reflects and criticizes the conflicts of the Cultural Revolution of the late '60s and '70s. A youthful Red Guard whose early disillusionment with the destructiveness of the times made him an outsider. Bei Dao joined with other underground poets attempting to create an alternative literature that challenged the received orthodoxies of Maoist China. The author now lives in exile.

Among the most gifted and controversial writers to emerge from the massive upheavals in modern China, Bei Dao both reflects and criticizes the conflicts of the Cultural Revolution of the late sixties and seventies.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
One of China's most famous poets, and now living in exile, Dao (Zhao Zhenkai) has been ably translated in these 91 poems. Many are love poems; others freeze a beautiful or touching landscape; some capture a fleeting image; a few evoke the horror of a political murder. Only a place name or word in three or four poems reveals that they are by a Chinese author, but knowing the backdrop of political repression adds a particular poignancy to this fine work.-- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811211321
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,421,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Translator's Note 15
Preface to the American Edition 16
I
Hello, Baihua Mountain 19
Rainbow Flower 20
I Go into the Rain Mist 21
True 22
Smiles, Snowflakes, Tears 23
Cruel Hope 24
Song of Migrating Birds 29
A Day 30
Notes from the City of the Sun 31
The Answer 33
Let's Go 34
All 35
Street Corner 36
Recollection 37
The Unfamiliar Beach 38
A Bouquet 40
My Transparent Grief 41
Yes. Yesterday 42
The Island 43
The Witness 46
The Bank 47
Dusk: Dingjiatan 48
II
Rainy Night 51
Sleep, Valley 52
Boat Ticket 53
Stretch out your hands to me 55
The Orange Is Ripe 56
The Red Sailboat 57
Habit 58
Through the melody of your breathing 59
You Said 60
Our Every Morning Sun 61
Declaration 62
An End or a Beginning 63
Harbour Dreams 66
Lost 67
Chords 68
The Boundary 69
Maple Leaves and Seven Stars 70
The Old Temple 71
In a Decade 72
Night: Theme and Variations 73
Tomorrow, No 74
The Artist's Life 75
Sequel to a Legend 76
Love Story 77
The Snowline 78
Comet 79
A Country Night 80
Head for Winter 81
Nightmare 83
The Way Back 84
A Toast 85
You Wait for Me in the Rain 86
Resume 87
Rancour turns a drop of water muddy 88
Accomplices 89
Random Thoughts 90
The Host 92
For Many Years 93
Portrait of a Young Poet 94
The Echo 96
The Window on the Cliff 97
Strangers 98
Notes in the Rain 99
On Tradition 100
III
The August Sleepwalker 103
One Step 104
Another Legend 105
It has always been so 106
Temptation 107
Underground Station 108
Blanks 109
A perpetual stranger 110
Orphans 111
Bodhisattva 112
The Art of Poetry 113
Dirge 114
Doubtful Things 115
Starting from Yesterday 116
The Fable 117
In the Dawn's Bronze Mirror 118
Expectation 119
Electric Shock 120
Language 121
A Single Room 122
SOS 123
Deathwatch Night 124
Space 125
Don't Ask Our Ages 126
Daydream 127
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