“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

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.

Translations:

Pa pa pa

Translated by Martha Cheung

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TitleAuthorsTranslators
Homecoming? Han Shaogong Martha Cheung