A Dictionary of Maqiao Han Shaogong

ISBN: 9780231127448

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400 pages


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A Dictionary of Maqiao  by  Han Shaogong

A Dictionary of Maqiao by Han Shaogong
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One of the most-talked about works of fiction to emerge from China in recent years, this novel about an urban youth displaced to a small village in rural China during the Cultural Revolution is a fictionalized portrait of the authors ownMoreOne of the most-talked about works of fiction to emerge from China in recent years, this novel about an urban youth displaced to a small village in rural China during the Cultural Revolution is a fictionalized portrait of the authors own experience as a young man.

Han Shaogong was one of millions of students relocated from cities and towns to live and work alongside peasant farmers in an effort to create a classless society. Translated into English for the first time, Hans novel is an exciting experiment in form--structured as a dictionary of the Maqiao dialect--through which he seeks to understand and translate the local life and customs of his strange new home.Han encounters an upside-down world among the people of Maqiao: a con man dupes his neighbors into thinking that he has found the fountain of youth by convincing them that his father is in fact his son- to be scientific is to be lazy- time and relationships are understood using the language of food and its preparation- and to die young is considered sweet, while the aged reckon their lives to be cheap.As entries build one upon another, Han meditates on the ability of a waidi ren (outsider) to represent the ways of life of another community.

In this light, the Communist effort to control the language and history of a people whose words and past are bound together in ineluctably local ways emerges as an often comical, sometimes tragic exercise in miscommunication.



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