Lao She Camel Xiangzi

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Camel Xiangzi

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Renowned for his absurdist re-visioning of the world and experimentation with the techniques of humour in his writings, Lao She has written about most major historical events in modern China. In Camel Xiangzi he reveals his prophetic vision of the future of China. The novel depicts the life of Xiangzi, a young rickshaw-puller in Beijing, who fails to improve his life no matter how hard he works. When innocent people's hopes are destroyed, they are awakened to the truth that they are but playthings of fate, which is a Chinese concept for the unnameable in life's absurdities. The novel demonstrates the techniques of bitter humour Lao She employs in his portrayal of characters, who are caught in the endless social turmoil in the 1930s. The novel's socio-historical dimensions have made it a widely used text for the cultural analysis of modern China.

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This novel marks the peak of Lao She's career as a professional writer and registers a new approach to the representation of China in its absurdist situation. It can be read as an "epic" of modern China.

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Renowned for his absurdist re-visioning of the world and experimentation with the techniques of humour in his satirical writings. Lao She (pen-name of Shu Qingchun, also named Sheyu, 1899-1966) is one of the few writers who has written on almost all of the major events in modern China. To say that his works are mirrors of modern Chinese sociocultural changes is no exaggeration. His works, fictional and dramatic, are not simply historical writings; but the author's reflections upon history, as well as the voices of the common people trapped in the social turmoil in modern China.

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9789629961978: Camel Xiangzi (Bilingual Series on Modern Chinese Literature)

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