Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Famous Chinese writers born in the Year of the Snake...

By Helen Wang, published

Happy New Year from the China Fiction Book Club (especially if you were born in the year of the snake, the most unloved/ feared/ despised of the 12 animals). Here's what we posted on twitter (@cfbcuk) earlier...

金蛇出洞!Hoping that the Year of the Snake ("little dragon") will be a good year! Some very famous Chinese writers were born in the Year of the Snake: Qu Yuan 屈原; Lu You 陆游; Wu Jingzi 吴敬梓; Lu Xun 鲁讯, Mao Zedong 毛泽东.
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Qu Yuan 屈原 (340-278 BCE), Chu ci 楚辞,translated as Songs of the South, David Hawkes (@penguinclassic) Details here

Lu You 陆游 (1125-1210), Late Poems Of Lu You, The Old Man Who Does As He Pleases, tr. Burton Watson (Ahadada, 2007) Details here

Wu Jingzi 吴敬梓 (1701-1754), The Scholars (儒林外史, lit. "The Unofficial History of The Forest" - satire!), tr. Gladys Yang and Yang Xianyi. Details here

Lu Xun 鲁讯 (1881-1936) - see Gloria Davies, Lu Xun's Revolution. Writing in a Time of Violence (Harvard UP, 2013). Details here

Mao Zedong 毛泽东 (1893-1976) - see Talks at the Yan'an Conference on Literature & Art (1943), tr. Bonnie S. McDougall. Details here

As always, we've given amazon etc links for convenience, but please support your local bookshop/library if you can. Spread the word!


# 1.   

Interesting. But it should be "鲁迅“ as he's a walking XUN not a talking XUN:)

btr, February 11, 2013, 4:31a.m.

# 2.   

Thanks. Recent laptop disaster (accidental death by red wine), currently working on different keyboards/touchscreen - too many typos slipping in. Apologies.

Helen Wang, February 12, 2013, 4:42a.m.

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ha! anyway, happy new year!!

btr, February 12, 2013, 9:35a.m.


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