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Babu Bangladesh! Review: An Imaginative Fictional Biography Of A Political Luminary And A Young Country Born In Violence | HuffPost India
In Numair Choudhury’s imaginative, sprawling novel, Babu Bangladesh!, the story takes on a very different colour. Over the course of five days, the tree’s felling is stalled by a group of student freedom fighters and sympathetic soldiers of the Pakistani Army, and by the vast, invisible power of the banyan itself. It finally falls, its spirit broken, but not before multiple explosives fail to ignite, the army camp is inundated with poisonous snakes, perfectly-aimed tank missiles mysteriously miss the gargantuan tree and Pakistani officers have inexplicable psychological breakdowns.
Bangladesh  NumairChoudhury  biography  fiction  review  IndianLiterature 
4 weeks ago by jdmartinsen
在虚构中求生命之真_张存学_新浪博客
                            ——读刘亮程长篇小说《捎话》

“从门缝里看塔是扁的。”长篇小说《捎话》如此开头。“看”的主语是一头叫“谢”的毛驴。这头毛驴也是小说的主要角色之一。“谢”不但看塔是扁的,看人也是扁的,看香炉是扁的,甚至看冒起的烟也是扁的。这样的开头有些突兀,但读下去后就能感觉到这部长篇小说是另外一种小说,它不是人们习惯期待的小说。可以说,《捎话》中呈现的内容面向了过去也面向了未来。在这里,面向过去面向未来意味着从已经毁败的价值结构中挣脱而出走向另一种可能,而且,它呈现的叙述也已经超出了小说这门艺术既定的限度。
ZhangCunxue  LiuLiangcheng  review  novel  zh  blog 
12 weeks ago by jdmartinsen
Morphosis: Some Thoughts on Fantasy and Violence
The Poppy War has been well-reviewed in SF/Fantasty circles (I can see why) and has generated a good deal of positive buzz. And it is in many ways an impressive achievement, especially for a first novel. My beef is not with this one novel, but with what seems to me a particular aesthetic of somatic ultraviolence that is very widespread in contemporary culture. This, I think, is something distinct from other modes of representing violence. There are plenty of graphic and stomach-turning accounts of wounding and killing in the Iliad (say), but those, in their clinical precision and the counter-intuitive way they coolly describe the heat of battle, work very differently on the reader to a passage like the one quoted above. Homer never describes torture, or gratuitous violence. And for all that he gives us, in Simon Weil’s resonant phrase, a glimpse into Hell, a world ruled entirely by Force, Homer really isn’t interested in cruelty.

No: the source for that particular fascination in later literature is Sadean, and the vibe of contemporary body horror and atrocitypunk owes an unmistakeable, if sometimes subterranean, debt to Les 120 Journées de Sodome. Guillaume Apollinaire predicted that de Sade would ‘dominate the 20th century’ and I tend to think he's been proved right, at least so far as the prevelant constellation of eroticised violence and cruelty is concerned. Are we crueller, in our art, than we used to be? Why might it be that our collective preferences where art is concerned is crueller than our actual lived experiences? It’s a move that predates the relative deracination of social interaction occasioned by social media, I think. But I wonder if our ubiquitous social media have acted as an accelerant.
AdamRoberts  violence  ThePoppyWar  RFKuang  review 
june 2018 by jdmartinsen
五十年代的另类生活传奇——评宋钧长篇小说《斑鸠》_中国作家网
20世纪50年代在各种文学作品中的书写早已有了固定格式,那就是全民性的社会动员,一浪高过一浪的革命运动,声势浩大的群众集会等等。它主要以截然相反的两种形象让人莫衷一是,即压抑的或激情澎湃的形象。确实,这个创世纪式的年代,具有如此自相矛盾的双重性。但是,这两种形象都忽略某种更重要的社会特征,那就是人们的日常生活。50年代的或者关于50年代的文学作品,无疑有日常性的生活,但都是作为导向两条路线斗争的铺垫材料。我们看到的是为斗争的生活,个人的命运、个人的日常性难以从斗争的格局中挣脱出来。

  《斑鸠》这部小说却给人完全不同的感受,个人的生活史和命运史倔强地从历史格局中突显出来,我们仿佛看到另样的50年代的人物,另类的50年代的生活情调。
SongJun  novel  1950s  ChenXiaoming  zh  ChinaWriter  review 
september 2017 by jdmartinsen
Xue Generis: Can Xue and the Dangers of Literary Exceptionalism -BLARB
Unmoored from such literary bearings, and confronted with the idiosyncrasies of Can Xue’s style, many critics plunge into an experimental-literature-induced zero-sum free-fall, overstating the radical nature of her work to the point of completely bulldozing its characteristics. A recent review claims that “her narratives have no memory … she invests little or nothing at all in the unity of time and place.” But Frontier is nothing if not for its setting, and the trajectories of the people in it. José and Nancy come from Smoke Town, learn about Pebble Town, have a baby, Nancy leaves José … you know, a story, albeit a bit of a disjointed one. Not only does the story have memory in the sense that an arc from one event to the next is completed, but individual characters literally have memories — José and Nancy remember Smoke Town. Consciousness of a fuller palette of experimental styles would make the deficiency of such absolutizing evident.
CanXue  AmandaDeMarco  review  LARB  exceptionalism 
july 2017 by jdmartinsen
@张阴暗---深圳特区报
Zhou Yaping remarks on Zhang Yin'an's unorthodox fiction (speculative).
ZhouYaping  ZhangYinan  review  sf  ShenzhenSpecialZoneDaily 
february 2017 by jdmartinsen
如何书写真实
Waits gives a negative review of Yan Lianke's 炸烈志 and muses on the banal realism of contemporary writers (including Yu Hua in 第七天 and Su Tong in 黄雀记):
而在阎连科的小说中,尤其是新作《炸裂志》中,充斥的仅仅是一种毫无创造力的反抗,一种被外在政治强力压垮后的歇斯底里。
waits  YanLianke  review  realism  fiction  novel  zh  Douban 
july 2016 by jdmartinsen
《花街往事》:巴比伦家族列传
Li Weichang 李伟长 reviews Lu Nei's Along the Flower Street
books  zh  LuNei  LiWeichang  review 
november 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Zhou Limin reviews the first three-part installment of Huang Yongyu's serialized autobiography 无愁河的浪荡汉子: 朱雀城. (138 yuan list price). Discursive, with parenthetical asides that leap across eras. Compares it to Shen Congwen, artist-essayists, and traditional literature like Shuihu and Rulin waishi.
books  zh  HuangYongyu  SouthernMetropolisDaily  review 
october 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Zhou Mingquan discusses what makes a good Chinese novel using Saotu 骚土 by Lao Cun 老村 as a case study.
books  zh  ContemporaryLiteraryCriticism  fiction  LaoCun  ZhouMingquan  review 
september 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Tao Dongfeng 陶东风 critiques Liang Xiaosheng's rusticated youth fiction, 年轮 and 知青. Finds them othering and unnuanced.
books  zh  TaoDongfeng  LiangXiaosheng  review 
september 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Review of a new book explicating Wolf Totem.
books  zh  WolfTotem  TheBeijingNews  review 
august 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Hong Zhigang 洪治纲 on Li Peifu's Sheep Gate. 《羊的门》并不是一部完美的小说,但它对中国乡村社会的内在结构却有着深刻的思考,对其潜在的伦理谱系亦有着独到的揭示。
books  zh  LiPeifu  rural  society  HongZhigang  review 
august 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Yu Feng's Masquerade ( 《假面舞会》,禹风著,文汇出版社2013年6月版) as a new shanghai Novel.
books  zh  YuFeng  fiction  SouthernMetropolisDaily  review 
august 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Southern Metropolis Daily reviews Xiao An's book of mental institution essays
books  zh  non-fiction  SouthernMetropolisDaily  XiaoAn  review 
august 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Zhang Yiwei reviews Man With the Compound Eyes for the Oriental Morning Post's book review section.
books  zh  Douban  WuMingyi  OrientalMorningPost  sf  ZhangYiwei  review 
august 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Yang Yifen looks at Ning Ken as a writer.
zh  NingKen  literature  YangYifen  review  ChinaWriter 
august 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Ning Ken considers Yu Hua's Seventh Day and the relationship of fiction to in-the-moment breaking news.
zh  YuHua  NingKen  literature  review  ChinaWriter 
august 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Review of 《香巴拉的秘密通道》,短篇小说,苏羊 刊物:《青春》,2012年第5期。
magazine  zh  SuYang  fiction  review 
june 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Lu Min's new collection 《九种忧伤》,鲁敏著,花城出版社2013年3月版,29 .80元。 Also here: http://epaper.oeeee.com/C/html/2013-05/19/content_1860239.htm
books  zh  stories  LuMin  SouthernMetropolisDaily  review 
may 2013 by jdmartinsen
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A look at Zhao Gang and his short story collection.
books  zh  ZhaoGang  review 
may 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Han Shaogong's new novel 《日夜书》: 阅读韩少功老师的最新长篇《日夜书》,我有一种停不下来的感觉,仿佛看到写作者将自己珍藏多年的照片,一张一张地挂在墙上,而这些照片是他用记忆或者眼睛拍摄下来的瞬间,虽然已经泛黄,却依然构图清晰。有的图片的存储格式是G IF格式,有着动态的笑容,甚至是M P4,有着丰富的声音。
books  zh  SouthernMetropolisDaily  HanShaogong  review 
may 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Ge Hongbing gives a close reading of 残雪《801室的房客》
zh  GeHongbing  CanXue  short  story  fiction  review 
february 2013 by jdmartinsen
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Review of SF-mystery 虚拟街头漂流记.
books  zh  mystery  sf  review 
february 2013 by jdmartinsen
《橡皮》1,夸乌青和张羞小说_小虚小虚_新浪博客
Review of The Erasers -- fiction and poetry from Yang Li, Wu Qing, and others.
poetry  zh  review  magazine  fiction  WuQing 
july 2012 by jdmartinsen
脆弱与勇敢 - 书评周刊·文学 -新京报电子报
我们的怕与爱 by 钟二毛 reviewed in The Beijing News.
zh  review  books  TheBeijingNews  ZhongErmao 
july 2012 by jdmartinsen
零公里处的幽灵 [张定浩]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
Ma Yuan's Cow Ghosts and Snake Demons reviewed, seen as a competent retread of earlier work and themes.
zh  books  SouthernMetropolisWeekly  review  MaYuan 
june 2012 by jdmartinsen
溜冰场上的黑骑士
Dong Qizhang's recent books, profiled by Daily Sunshine.
zh  review  profile  books  TungKai-cheong  DailySunshine 
june 2012 by jdmartinsen
时间流中打捞家史碎片 [遆存磊]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
《我未来次子关于我的回忆》,骆以军著,广西师大出版社2012年4月版 reviewed in SMD.
zh  future  SouthernMetropolisWeekly  review  books  LuoYijun 
june 2012 by jdmartinsen
解读《红拂夜奔》_北星_新浪博客
Beixing reviews Wang Xiaobo's 红拂夜奔. (repost of 2000.1.20 piece)
zh  books  review  BeiXing  WangXiaobo 
april 2012 by jdmartinsen
把小说挂在三国史这颗钉子上
Review of Ma Boyong's Tang Dynasty spy pastiche. Perceptive evaluation of the appeal and limitations of Ma's body of work.
zh  OrientalMorningPost  review  books  mystery  MaBoyong 
april 2012 by jdmartinsen
鲤鱼洲的枯涸岁月 [遆存磊]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
Review of Annals of Liyu Zhou, edited by Chen Pingyuan. Makes special mention of 扁担谣, whose author notes that it is a mixture of fact and fiction that was written at the behest of the authorities. Interesting examination of historicity.
zh  WuQiGanxiao  SouthernMetropolisDaily  books  review 
april 2012 by jdmartinsen
有“告别”的姿态缺“年代”的味道 [胡传吉]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
Review of 告别的年代 by 黎紫书. Praises the sense of time and place, notes that it's a complex narrative that requires a patient reader; says not enough attention to plot details.
zh  SouthernMetropolisDaily  books  review  LiZishu 
april 2012 by jdmartinsen
曹寇小说的“操行评语” [何同彬]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
Review of Cao Kou's new short story collection, Tree Growing on the Roof 屋顶长的一棵树.

狗子说:“如其名,曹寇在做的事是,清点文学的残兵败将,集中最后的散兵游勇,与这个世界做最后一战,在流窜中被全歼,我觉得这是这个时代唯一真实有力的文学。”
short  stories  zh  review  books  SouthernMetropolisDaily  CaoKou 
april 2012 by jdmartinsen
安妮宝贝:小资文学何时谢幕
Oriental Morning Post reviews Annie Baobei's ten-year collected works.
zh  books  review  OrientalMorningPost  AnnieBaobei 
february 2012 by jdmartinsen
《邂逅集》60年后再出版 [李建新]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
Wang Zengqi's short stories get reissued in their original form 60 years after first publication (the 1980s versions were substantially edited).
WangZengqi  books  review  zh  SouthernMetropolisDaily 
december 2011 by jdmartinsen
历史与科幻的奇妙纠缠
Bao Shu reviews Qian Lifang's latest, Fate 天命.
QianLifang  sf  SouthernMetropolisDaily  books  review  zh 
november 2011 by jdmartinsen
从历史与文学的边缘出发 -书评·文学-新京报电子报
The Beijing News profiles Yang Xianhui about his new book, Chronicle of Southern Gansu.
YangXianhui  history  Gansu  books  TheBeijingNews  review 
november 2011 by jdmartinsen
哲学有余,文学不足
Review of Septameron 七日谈 by Dao Erdeng 刀尔登. Reviewer feels that the author's storytelling is outstripped by philosophizing.
SouthernMetropolisDaily  books  review  DaoErdeng  zh 
november 2011 by jdmartinsen
鬼事 [顾文豪]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
Southern Metropolis Daily reviews Luan Baoqun's second book of traditional ghost stories, 说魂儿:扪虱谈鬼录之二.
ghosts  LuanBaoqun  books  review  SouthernMetropolisDaily  zh 
october 2011 by jdmartinsen
历史能戏说,但不能漏说 -书评·社科-新京报电子报
Review of The Other Half of Chinese History by Gao Honglei. 《另一半中国史》 作者:高洪雷 版本:文化艺术出版社2010年8月版 定价:49.80元
TheBeijingNews  books  review  history  zh 
october 2011 by jdmartinsen
正方:有大企图的愤世之书
Positive review of Ge Fei's latest, 春尽江南.
GeFei  books  review  SouthernMetropolisDaily  zh 
october 2011 by jdmartinsen
奇书《七日谈》:温暖的刻薄 -书评·文学-新京报电子报
Review of the peculiar stories in Seven Days of Conversation by Dao Erdeng (aka 37 aka 邱小刚).
DaoErdeng  HuangZhangjin  books  TheBeijingNews  review 
october 2011 by jdmartinsen
贾平凹笔下的中国病人 [任瑜]__鲜橙互动 南都网 南方都市报 新闻互动网站 南都数字报
A review of Jia Pingwa's latest.
《古炉》不仅是一个人的记忆,也是一个国家的记忆,一段民族的秘史。
JiaPingwa  books  SouthernMetropolisDaily  review  zh 
october 2011 by jdmartinsen
孙世祥,《神史》,以及沉默的大多数 -书评·关注-新京报电子报
The Beijing News looks at the Sacred History, the posthumous rural epic by Sun Shixiang. Includes comments on literary merits, and the supposedly authentic rural voice:
《神史》是不是一部好小说?这是个问题,但似乎又不是一个问题。以语言和技巧论,它离文学殿堂还远,以小说的立意论,作者的思想更是游离于时代主潮之外,但打开《神史》,读着主人公孙天主的搏斗与挣扎,读着法喇村民众的互相倾轧,却让人心里,止不住地疼痛。既然如此,又何必再讨论它是不是一部好小说呢?这同样的主题,我们的文学大师难道没有看见吗?当然不是,从路遥到贾平凹到莫言,我们已经读到太多关于农村,关于土地,关于农民地奋斗挣扎与绝望的文本,但比起那些更精致更漂亮更规范的小说,《神史》却多出一种局内人的草莽气势与撕裂人心的力量。那是出自农村的愤怒青年,在为自己的阶层代言。
SunShixiang  rural  fiction  zh  TheBeijingNews  review 
october 2011 by jdmartinsen
庸常生活的流光碎影
A review of A Female Reporter by Ma Xiaoyu. Reviewer compares it to Wu Xuan's _Strangers_.
浙江是中国最富庶的地方,那里曾堪比天堂。但有趣的是,那里的文学却多有冷眼旁观或无聊的感叹。此前有吴玄的《陌生人》,对生活的无聊感写到了极致。马小予虽然未曾吴玄般的决绝———她还写出了女性对生活某些暖意的感受,特别是无意间对小日子的眷意。但她骨子里仍有“不平之气”———那庸常无聊的生活,只不过是流光碎影而已。
zh  books  review  SouthernMetropolisDaily  MaXiaoyu 
october 2011 by jdmartinsen
树犹如此
北京十年 by 罗孚 -- a mid-century look at the capital.
LuoFu  Beijing  review  books  DailySunshine  zh 
september 2011 by jdmartinsen
韩寒小说:西装喷上墨水花
Taiwan writer critiques Han Han's recent work.
HanHan  DailySunshine  books  review  zh 
september 2011 by jdmartinsen
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