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"Some of these stories, I am sure, will be read as long as the Chinese language exists."—Ha Jin"When I was young I, too, had many dreams. Most of them came to be forgotten, but I see nothing in this to regret. For although recalling the past may make you happy, it may sometimes also make you lonely, and there is no point in clinging in spirit to lonely bygone days. However, my trouble is that I cannot forget completely, and these stories have resulted from what I have been unable to erase from memory."—Lu Hsun
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"Some of these stories, I am sure, will be read as long as the Chinese language exists."—Ha Jin"When I was young I, too, had many dreams. Most of them came to be forgotten, but I see nothing in this to regret. For although recalling the past may make you happy, it may sometimes also make you lonely, and there is no point in clinging in spirit to lonely bygone days. However, my trouble is that I cannot forget completely, and these stories have resulted from what I have been unable to erase from memory."—Lu Hsun
Living during a time of dramatic change in China, Lu Hsun had a career that was as varied as his writing. As a young man he studied medicine in Japan but left it for the life of an activist intellectual, eventually returning to China to teach. Though he supported the aims of the Communist revolution, he did not become a member of the party nor did he live to see the Communists take control of China. Ambitious to reach a large Chinese audience, Lu Hsun wrote his first published story, "A Madman's Diary," in the vernacular, a pioneering move in Chinese literature at the time. "The True Story of Ah Q," a biting portrait of feudal China, gained him popularity in the West. This collection of eighteen stories shows the variety of his style and subjects throughout his career.
In a new introduction, Ha Jin, the author of Waiting (National Book Award winner), The Bridegroom, and other works, places Lu Hsun's life and work in the context of Chinese history and literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393008487
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Norton Library Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 588,861
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lu Hsun was born in 1881 and died in 1936. Besides writing fiction, he wrote essays and a classic work on Chinese literature.

Ha Jin isthe author of Waiting (National Book Award winner), The Bridegroom, and other works.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface to the First Collection of Short Stories, "Call to Arms" 1
A Madman's Diary 7
Kung I-Chi 19
Medicine 25
Tomorrow 34
An Incident 42
Storm in a Teacup 45
My Old Home 54
The True Story of Ah Q 65
Village Opera 113
The New Year's Sacrifice 125
In the Wine Shop 144
A Happy Family 156
Soap 164
The Misanthrope 176
Regret for the Past 197
The Divorce 216
The Flight to the Moon 226
Forging the Swords 237
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