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爸爸爸 (lit. Da-Da-Da)

Novel by Han Shaogong.

The title of the novella Ba Ba Ba is composed of the character for “Dad” repeated three times, almost as a child learning to speak would say, “Da-da-da.” Considered the founding work of the “Root-seeking” literary movement, it follows a young mute named Bing Zai around the small mountain village in which he was born, as he plays spectator to the minor dramas that unfold there.


Pa pa pa

Translated by Martha Cheung

Collected in

Homecoming? Han Shaogong Martha Cheung

Original Publications:

爸爸爸 (Mainland China)