The Gourmet and Other Stories of Modern China

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Rear dust jacket notes: "Lu Wenfu is an engagingly honest and sympathetic voice among China's major writers. His outstanding novella The Gourmet and the other stories in this collection chronicle the immediate history of China, from the Revolution to the mid-eighties, with a timeless ease that befits their setting among Suzhou's ancient and elegant canals and gardens. Under Lu Wenfu's incisive yet tolerant eye, the wonton sellers, rickshaw pullers, teachers, hedonists and bureacrats of his beloved city try to adapt to the recurring upheavals of four decades of revolution. The results are comic, moving and always surprising, as we catch a glimpse of today's China from within - beyond the retaining wall of slogans, campaigns and political movements."

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese

From Publishers Weekly:

Most of the stories in this collection at least touch upon China's wrenching anti-Rightist campaigns of the '50s, '60s and '70s, if not have them as a central subject. The novella-length title story is suffused with exquisite irony: the errand boy of a rich gourmet becomes a restaurant manager after the revolution, then in today's new political climate finds that his former master's gluttony, which he reviles, is indispensable to his business. "The Boundary Wall" is a quietly hilarious piece about the huffery and puffery that occurs when a committee sets out to accomplish a project. "Graduation," the only story not told in a distinctly male voice, is a vivid, immediate and poignant tale about an old woman's unwillingness to relinquish the ties to her past, painful as it was. "World of Dreams, a Valediction," is a poetic, almost ethereal, evocation of Lu's home city. Readers around the world will be glad that a voice of this caliber has been allowed to speak again.
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