From the Old Country: Stories and Sketches of China and Taiwan

From the Old Country: Stories and Sketches of China and Taiwan

by Columbia University Press, T. McClellan, Tiejun Zhong

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Though he lived most of his life in rural South Taiwan, Zhong Lihe spent several years in Manchuria and Peking, moving among an eclectic mix of ethnicities, social classes, and cultures. His fictional portraits unfold on Japanese battlefields and in Peking slums, as well as in the remote, impoverished hill-country villages and farms of his native Hakka districts. His scenic descriptions are deft and atmospheric, and his psychological explorations are acute. The first anthology to present his work in English, this volume features two novellas, ten short stories, and four short prose works.

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ISBN-13: 9780231536493
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Zhong Lihe (1915–1960) grew up in a village in Pingtung and spent his early adulthood working on his father's remote hill farm in Meinong. In between and after, he spent considerable time in Taiwan's cities, chiefly Kaohsiung and Taipei, as well as in Mukden and Peking in Mainland China. Most of his earliest stories were written on the Mainland when he was in his mid to late-twenties, and many of those are set in Manchuria and China. His work realistically and humanely critiques and celebrates the problems and riches of the communities and cultures he knew, particularly the Hakka Chinese peasantry of his native rural South Taiwan.

T. M. McClellan was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Tweeddale in the Scottish Borders. He earned his bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Edinburgh and specialized in modern Chinese literature. He is the author of Zhang Henshui and Popular Chinese Fiction, 1919–1949.

Zhong Tiejun is Zhong Lihe's third and only surviving son. He is known as a literary writer on family and Meinong affairs.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Zhong Tiejun
Sources, Translations, and Acknowledgments
Translator's Introduction
Part 1: Formative Years
1. My Grandma from the Mountains
2. First Love
3. From the Old Country
Part 2: Stories from the Old Country
4. In the Willow Shade
5. Oleander
6. The Fourth Day
Part 3: Homeland
7. Zugteuzong
8. Forest Fire
9. Uncle A-Huang
10. My "Out-Law" and the Hill Songs
Part 4: Meinong Lyrics
11. My Study
12. The Grassy Bank
13. The Plow and the Sky
14. The Little Ridge
Part 5: Meinong Economics
15. Swimming and Sinking
16. Rain

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Edward Gunn

Zhong Lihe has a well-deserved reputation in Taiwan as a writer of 'homeland literature' and was an inspiration to many later Taiwanese writers. Here he presents some of the most vivid depictions of rural life in Taiwan in the 1940s and 1950s.

Faye Yuan Kleeman

Zhong Lihe's works deal with a broad spectrum of subject matters that transcend geographical and national boundaries. This high-quality translation conveys his succinct and accessible style.

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