From the Old Country: Stories and Sketches of China and Taiwan

Paperback | August 9, 2016

byLihe ZhongTranslated byT. M. McClellanForeword byTiejun Zhong

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Though he lived most of his life in rural South Taiwan, Zhong Lihe spent several years in Manchuria and Peking, moving among an eclectic mix of ethnicities, social classes, and cultures. His fictional portraits unfold on Japanese battlefields and in Peking slums, as well as in the remote, impoverished hill-country villages and farms of his native Hakka districts. His scenic descriptions are deft and atmospheric, and his psychological explorations are acute. The first anthology to present his work in English, this volume features two novellas, ten short stories, and four short prose works.

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Though he lived most of his life in rural South Taiwan, Zhong Lihe spent several years in Manchuria and Peking, moving among an eclectic mix of ethnicities, social classes, and cultures. His fictional portraits unfold on Japanese battlefields and in Peking slums, as well as in the remote, impoverished hill-country villages and farms o...

Zhong Lihe (1915-1960) grew up in a village in Pingtung and spent his early adulthood working on his father's remote hill farm in Meinong. In between and after, he spent considerable time in Taiwan's cities, chiefly Kaohsiung and Taipei, as well as in Mukden and Peking in Mainland China. Most of his earliest stories were written on th...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231166311

ISBN - 13:9780231166317

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Zhong TiejunSources, Translations, and AcknowledgmentsTranslator's IntroductionPart 1: Formative Years1. My Grandma from the Mountains2. First Love3. From the Old CountryPart 2: Stories from the Old Country4. In the Willow Shade5. Oleander6. The Fourth DayPart 3: Homeland7. Zugteuzong8. Forest Fire9. Uncle A-Huang10. My "Out-Law" and the Hill SongsPart 4: Meinong Lyrics11. My Study12. The Grassy Bank13. The Plow and the Sky14. The Little RidgePart 5: Meinong Economics15. Swimming and Sinking16. Rain

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The publication of this volume of Zhong Lihe's (1915-1960) representative works, elegantly translated and expertly edited by T. M. McClellan, is a rare literary occasion that certainly deserves applause.