The Taste of Apples by Huang Chun-ming

The Taste of Apples

byHuang Chun-ming, Howard Goldblatt

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2010

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From the preeminent writer of Taiwanese nativist fiction and the leading translator of Chinese literature come these poignant accounts of everyday life in rural and small-town Taiwan. Huang is frequently cited as one of the most original and gifted storytellers in the Chinese language, and these selections reveal his genius.

In "The Two Sign Painters," TV reporters ambush two young workers from the country taking a break atop a twenty-four-story building. "His Son's Big Doll" introduces the tortured soul inside a walking advertisement, and in "Xiaoqi's Cap" a dissatisfied pressure-cooker salesman is fascinated by a young schoolgirl.

Huang's characters—generally the uneducated and disadvantaged who must cope with assaults on their traditionalism, hostility from their urban brethren and, of course, the debilitating effects of poverty—come to life in all their human uniqueness, free from idealization.
Huang Chun-ming began publishing his work in the literary supplement to the United Daily News (Lianhe bao) and in the literary magazine You shi wenyi as part of the "native soil" movement. Howard Goldblatt is professor of Chinese literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the translator of numerous books, including Rose,...
Title:The Taste of ApplesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023150523X

ISBN - 13:9780231505239

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Bibliographic Note
The Fish
The Drowning of an Old Cat
His Son's Big Doll
The Gong
The Taste of Apples
Xiaoqi's Cap
The Two Sign Painters
Sayonara • Zaijian

Editorial Reviews

The nine original stories... and Howard Goldblatt's sensitive translations of them are now poignant classics that do credit to David Der-wei Wang's new Modern Chinese Literature form Taiwan series.... Huang's fertile imagination moves amid squatters, grotesques, misfits, oddballs--people with lifestyles characteristic of a poor, developing country prematurely unsettled by urbanization, world politics, and globalization.... The characters'guilt, despair, and defiant pride are universal, generally revealed in subtle but startling ways.