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By Howard Goldblatt

Chairman Mao wouldn't Be Amused is a show off for 20 writers from the hot literary iteration in China. Hard-core realism, experimental prose, and black humor; exoticism and eroticism;shocking stories of brutality, gentle evocations of affection, and engrossing mysteries all coexist in an anthology that spans approximately a decade, ten years that experience witnessed a dizzying array of societal and political adjustments. just about all of the tales look in English translation for the 1st time. comprises Shi Tiesheng, “First Person”; Hong Ying, “The Field”; Su Tong, “The Brothers Shu”; Wang Meng, “A String of Choices”; Li Rui, “Sham Marriage”; Duo Duo, “The Day I obtained to Xi’an”; Chen Ran, “Sunshine among the Lips”; Li Xiao, “Grass at the Rooftop”; Yu Hua, The earlier and the Punishments”; Mo Yan, “The Cure”; Ai Bei, “Green Earth Mother”; Cao Naiqian, “When i believe of You overdue at evening, There’s not anything i will be able to Do”; Can Xue, “The Summons”; Bi Feiyu, “The Ancestor”; Yang Zhengguang, “Moonlight over the sphere of Ghosts”; Ge Fei, “Remembering Mr. Wu You”; Chen Cun, “Footsteps at the Roof”; Chi Li, “Willow Waist”; Kong Jiesheng, “The dozing Lion”; Wang Xiangfu, “Fritter hole Chronicles.”

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The bombing grew louder, as if the shells were about to drop on their heads. It was a gray, wintry day, and evening had set in imperceptibly, the low clouds illuminated only by the explosions. Out on the field, voices called out, soft and feeble. It seemed almost that several hundred thousand soldiers had all perished, leaving behind only these three civilians. "There's no fucking way out tonight," said Jiming. Sonny lay on his back, inert, lifting his head from time to time to watch the bursts of light.

The writers responded to the new realities by staking out territory independent of societal and political pressures; they were now more interested in mocking the government and socialist society than in trying to reform them, more concerned with the reception of their work by the international community than with their status in China. If Mao were still around and running the show, I'll bet that few, if any, of the stories in the present collection would have pleased him. " At worst… well, we mustn't get carried away.

What, after all, is Marxism? But then China 's new leaders turned their guns on their own students and workers, and the ensuing loss of faith, coupled with the supremely individualistic desire to get rich quick, changed almost everything in China, including its literature. I suspect that even the chairman's confidence would have been shaken by reactions to events of June 1989. The writers responded to the new realities by staking out territory independent of societal and political pressures; they were now more interested in mocking the government and socialist society than in trying to reform them, more concerned with the reception of their work by the international community than with their status in China.

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