Points of Origin by Diao Dou

Points of Origin

byDiao Dou

Kobo ebook | October 21, 2015

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A letter-writing campaign goes awry when a law is passed that only allows people to walk the streets at night, if they maintain a squatting position at all times...

A town is overrun with cockroaches; despite the government’s official expressions of concern, the only person doing anything about it is branded an agitator...

A widower is forced to move into the city to live with his son, bringing his cat and his strange country ways with him...

Diao Dou’s short stories perform a kind of high-wire literary acrobatics; each one executes an immaculate mid-air transition, from closely observed social realism to surrealist parody, and back again. Covering all aspects of modern Chinese life – from the high-minded morals of an emerging middle class, to the vividly remembered hardships of an all-too-recent collectivist past – these stories offer a very particular window into the contemporary Chinese psyche, and show a culture struggling to keep pace with the extraordinary transformations that have befallen it in the space of a single lifetime.

Diao Dou is wildly regarded as one of China’s leading satirists, praised for his refusal to follow any of the numerous literary trends that often dominate the Chinese literary scene.

Title:Points of OriginFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 21, 2015Publisher:Comma PressLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990051183566

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