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Selected Short Stories of Shen Congwen - (Bilingual Modern Chinese Literature) by Congwen Shen

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Number of Pages: 300

Genre: Literary Criticism

Sub-Genre: Asian

Series Title: Bilingual Modern Chinese Literature

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Chinese University Press

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Chinese

Author: Congwen Shen

Language: English

Street Date: April 21, 2004
TCIN: 78118480
UPC: 9789629961107
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-4789

Description

Shen Congwen (1902?-1988) is one of modern China's great writers. He is also one of the finest Chinese prose stylists of all time. Literary critics and historians have offered several reasons for why Shen Congwen is a great writer. The foremost explanation is his power as a stylist. He could make the Chinese language beautiful.

Some critics have praised Shen Congwen for creating characters with beautiful souls. Readers credit him with having described beautiful and fulfilling styles of life, even in materially primitive surroundings, that conjure up the "health and dignity" prized by the Crescent Moon writers. Other critics value Shen Congwen as a realist writer. He has written many works exposing the abuses of the military in the countryside, and the vanity of the urban bourgeoisie.

Most of the short stories in this collection, typeset in bilingual format, reveal the plight and the strength of the common people. They were chosen from the period when Shen had already honed a fine writing style, and they were written about rural folks in his native region, and about people he knew from his daily life. There are contradictions between the "new" and the "old," and also between human values with enough integrity to nurture life, versus corruption that leads to the decline and death of a culture.

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