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A Dictionary of Maqiao

A Dictionary of Maqiao

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 author's own experience as a young man.

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ISBN 9780385339353
Published 31 May 2013 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Shaogong, Han
By Lovell, Julia
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ISBN-13 9780385339353
ISBN-10 0385339356
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Anchor Books
Publication Date 31 May 2013
International Publication Date 27 September 2005
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Shaogong, Han
By Lovell, Julia
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 463g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress China - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976, Maqiao (Hunan Sheng, China)
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 585193

Description of this Book

From the daring imagination of one of China's greatest living novelists comes a work of startling power and originality-the story of a young man displaced to a small village in rural China during the 1960s. Told in the format of a dictionary, with a series of vignettes disguised as entries, A Dictionary of Maqiao is a novel of bold invention-and a fascinating, comic, deeply moving journey through the dark heart of the Cultural Revolution. Entries trace the wisdom and absurdities of Maqiao: the petty squabbles, family grudges, poverty, infidelities, fantasies, lunatics, bullies, superstitions, and especially the odd logic in their use of language-where the word for beginning is the same as the word for end ; little big brother means older sister; to be scientific means to be lazy; and streetsickness is a disease afflicting villagers visiting urban areas. Filled with colorful characters-from a weeping ox to a man so poisonous that snakes die when they bite him- A Dictionary of Maqiao is both an important work of Chinese literature and a probing inquiry into the extraordinary power of language.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review worth reading...this fascinating and surprisingly accessible book

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Author's Bio

Han Shaogong is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and translator. He is also the former editor of the magazines Hainan Review and Frontiers and is the vice-chairman of the Hainan Writer's Association. Julia Lovell is a translator of modern Chinese literature and a research fellow at Queen's College, Cambridge.

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