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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811211321
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/28/1990
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 427,342
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
Translator's Note15
Preface to the American Edition16
I
Hello, Baihua Mountain19
Rainbow Flower20
I Go into the Rain Mist21
True22
Smiles, Snowflakes, Tears23
Cruel Hope24
Song of Migrating Birds29
A Day30
Notes from the City of the Sun31
The Answer33
Let's Go34
All35
Street Corner36
Recollection37
The Unfamiliar Beach38
A Bouquet40
My Transparent Grief41
Yes. Yesterday42
The Island43
The Witness46
The Bank47
Dusk: Dingjiatan48
II
Rainy Night51
Sleep, Valley52
Boat Ticket53
Stretch out your hands to me55
The Orange Is Ripe56
The Red Sailboat57
Habit58
Through the melody of your breathing59
You Said60
Our Every Morning Sun61
Declaration62
An End or a Beginning63
Harbour Dreams66
Lost67
Chords68
The Boundary69
Maple Leaves and Seven Stars70
The Old Temple71
In a Decade72
Night: Theme and Variations73
Tomorrow, No74
The Artist's Life75
Sequel to a Legend76
Love Story77
The Snowline78
Comet79
A Country Night80
Head for Winter81
Nightmare83
The Way Back84
A Toast85
You Wait for Me in the Rain86
Resume87
Rancour turns a drop of water muddy88
Accomplices89
Random Thoughts90
The Host92
For Many Years93
Portrait of a Young Poet94
The Echo96
The Window on the Cliff97
Strangers98
Notes in the Rain99
On Tradition100
III
The August Sleepwalker103
One Step104
Another Legend105
It has always been so106
Temptation107
Underground Station108
Blanks109
A perpetual stranger110
Orphans111
Bodhisattva112
The Art of Poetry113
Dirge114
Doubtful Things115
Starting from Yesterday116
The Fable117
In the Dawn's Bronze Mirror118
Expectation119
Electric Shock120
Language121
A Single Room122
SOS123
Deathwatch Night124
Space125
Don't Ask Our Ages126
Daydream127

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