The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories

The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories

Flash Fiction From Contemporary China

Book - 2008
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From the Publisher: "Modern Chinese fiction-looks to have made a great leap towards the bookshelves of [Western] readers."--Guardian. Hugely popular in China, flash fiction is poised to be the most exciting new development in contemporary Chinese literature in a decade. Integrating both vernacular and contemporary styles while embracing new technologies such as text messaging (SMS) and blogging, contemporary Chinese flash fiction represents the voice of a civilization at the brink of a startling and unprecedented transformation. This collection features 120 short-short stories (from 100 to 300 words each), written by some of China's most dynamic and versatile authors. Dong Rui's The Pearl Jacket offers a glimpse of the real and surreal in human evolution, Chen Qiyou's Butterfly Forever brings an ancient Chinese literary motif into a startling modern context, while Liu Jianchao's Concerned Departments mocks the staggering complexity of life in the new urban China. Traditional, experimental, and avant-garde, The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories will reinvigorate the position of young Chinese writers as a major presence in contemporary literature. Their voices breathe new energy into modern Chinese literature, leaving the literary and societal stagnation of the Cultural Revolution behind as a distant memory.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, ©2008
ISBN: 9781933330624
1933330627
Call Number: 895.13 P359 2008
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Qi, Shouhua 1957-

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"Modern Chinese fiction-looks to have made a great leap towards the bookshelves of [Western] readers. Hugely popular in China, flash fiction is poised to be the most exciting new development in contemporary Chinese literature in a decade." -- Provided by Publisher.


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