Wang in Love and Bondage: Three Novellas by Wang Xiaobo

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Overview

The first English translation of work by Wang Xiaobo, one of the most important writers of twentieth-century China.
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Editorial Reviews

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“The translation by Zhang and Sommer is excellent. It both expresses the meaning of the original and also catches the simple, colloquial, and direct language that is Wang Xiaobo’s trademark … By translating Wang’s work, they have provided a service to all of us who teach modern Chinese literature. Because the Chinese original is easy to read, and because the translators have captured this simple yet profound style, the book should be a welcome addition to modern literature courses in translation.” — Modern Chinese Language and Culture

“Wang injects an unsavory history with irony, lifting the burden of the past and transforming it into hope for the future.” — World Books, PRI

“...if Wang in Love and Bondage is the first translation into English of Wang’s work, it is not likely to be solitary for long.” — PopMatters

“Loved and revered by college students throughout China, Wang Xiaobo’s black humor and licentious satires have finally been translated into English.” — Small Swords Magazine

Publishers Weekly

Reading popular, irreverent Chinese essayist and novelist Wang, who died in 1997 at 44, can feel like being held upside down—particularly during the zingy sex scenes. Characters cultivate an artful irrelevance to circumvent official stricture, and fail most every time. In the first work, "2015," the narrator's uncle, Wang Er, is a painter without a government permit to paint; his paintings are so stridently fractal that they make people dizzy. Sent for re-education, he readily admits his stupidity, but is undone when a female guard takes a very twisted interest in him. "The Golden Age" concerns another Wang Er: a 21-year-old, well-endowed Beijing student sent to the Yunan countryside during the Mao period. There, he runs off with a married doctor. Told to confess on returning, Wang, ironically, becomes a writer, as his superiors insist on more and more pornographic detail in every revised version of his confessions. The slighter final story, "East Palace, West Palace," relates a story about a policeman who falls in love with a bisexual cross-dresser. Wang's deeply convincing novellas will certainly please the readers who have enjoyed recent Nobel Prize–winner Gao Xingjian's novel, Soul Mountain.(Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791470664
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 169
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wang Xiaobo was born in Beijing in 1952. At the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to rural Yunnan for “rustification,” but later, in the 1970s, studied economics at Renmin University of China. He received a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988, and, after returning to China, taught at Beijing University and at Renmin. Wang’s published works include four fiction collections and two essay collections.

Hongling Zhang teaches fiction writing at Fontbonne University and has published short stories in both Chinese and English.

Jason Sommer is Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Fontbonne University. He has published three collections of poetry, including The Man Who Sleeps in My Office.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

2015

The Golden Age

East Palace, West Palace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    Absolutely brilliant

    These three novellas include some of the best writing I've read anywhere. The translators have succeeded brilliantly. Xiaobo is irreverent, funny and deeply humanistic. He is the best writer you've never heard of. I will read anything of his that is translated into English.

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