Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused: Fiction from Today's China by Howard Goldblatt

By Howard Goldblatt

Chairman Mao wouldn't Be Amused is a exhibit for 20 writers from the recent literary iteration in China. Hard-core realism, experimental prose, and black humor; exoticism and eroticism;shocking stories of brutality, smooth 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 alterations. just about all of the tales seem 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 acquired 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 feel of You past due at evening, There’s not anything i will Do”; Can Xue, “The Summons”; Bi Feiyu, “The Ancestor”; Yang Zhengguang, “Moonlight over the sector of Ghosts”; Ge Fei, “Remembering Mr. Wu You”; Chen Cun, “Footsteps at the Roof”; Chi Li, “Willow Waist”; Kong Jiesheng, “The sound asleep Lion”; Wang Xiangfu, “Fritter hole Chronicles.”

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But then I thought, What am I doing? They were soldiers far away from home, so lonely and sad, without very much time to live. " Li Jiming sat up suddenly and turned to Junni. "Huh? Is that what you think? You were better off at the whorehouse? " Junni pushed herself up to her feet and, forming her words slowly, said, "Don't get all worked up. " She pulled at Li Jiming. "Come on, Big Brother. " Jiming jumped up from the pile of clothes. "What are you saying? " He ran over to the far side of the crater and, opening the pocket of one of the coats, pulled out a hand grenade.

I don't know what it means that you won't say anything. "I don't understand why it's so hard to answer my questions. "I don't know what else I can say. I don't know what to do. "OK, OK, maybe I shouldn't pester you like this. Maybe I should be sensible and just walk away. "OK, I'll go. I never thought I could make things so difficult for you. I'll just say one more thing. " He turned and walked out through the small gate. She didn't stop him. She really no longer had the strength to stop him. She heard him walk through the gate, listening with despair to the sound of his departing footsteps.

You could see him only from the twenty-first floor. He was lying behind a gravestone in the pale red light of the setting sun. There was a baby carriage beside him, filled with many colorful toys. He was wrapped in a pink woolen blanket so that only his little face showed. He was sleeping soundly and peacefully, as if nothing could disturb him. Who was he? Whose child was he? Where were the adults? Where had his mother and father gone? Why had they stayed away so long? There was no one else around; I could see clearly from the twenty-first floor that there was no one else anywhere in sight.

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