"Lu Xun is not just a great writer. He is an essential writer-the kind whose works provide the clues an outsider needs to unlock the cultural code of a nation, and whose work becomes embedded in a nation's DNA. . . . This affordable volume comprises . . . his complete fiction. Julia Lovell's are arguably the most accessible translations yet. . . . Together, they give Lu Xun his best shot to date of achieving renown beyond the Chinese world. If it succeeds in this, the book could be considered the most significant Penguin Classic ever published."
"Julia Lovell and Penguin have done Chinese modern literature a great service in bringing this passionate, witty and bleakly nostalgic work to what one hopes will be a wider audience. Lovell's introduction is excellent."
-The Times Literary Supplement
Lu Xun (1881-1936) is one of the paradigmatic figures of twentieth-century Chinese literature, celebrated during and since his lifetime for his powerful diagnoses of his nation's social and political crisis, and for his pioneering achievements in reinventing the vernacular as a literary language. Despite his public commitment to Marxist literary ideals and his posthumous canonization by Mao Zedong, Lu Xun's final years were spent mired in squabbles with the Chinese Communist Party's representatives of ideological orthodoxy. When he died he bequeathed to modern Chinese letters a contradictory legacy of cosmopolitan independence, polemical fractiousness and anxious patriotism that continues to resonate in Chinese intellectual life today.
Very interesting and informative. It inspired me to do more research in these areas.Published 5 days ago by Sheela
Lovell's Penguin paperback of Lu Xun's complete fiction is released as "The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China", and Lu Xun is one of the seminal - if not the most... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Yew
Stories written by a true patriot who loved his country and his countrymen.Published 3 months ago by Jana Kubik-Kwan
A wonderful book, and an eye-opener about China. A definite must-read if you are interested in recent Chinese history, as well as literature.Published 7 months ago by elisse
I came across a number of references to Lu Xun and thought I should take a look at his work. As a model worker/writer in the eyes of the Chinese establishment of the 50's and 60's,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Reader in the Caribbean
One of the best short story of all time is the true story of Ah-Q. Lu Xun is master of the craft.Published 14 months ago by Madhav
Lu Xun tells stories with a sense of humor about his homeland of China, often focusing on a character from an odd point of view--the mad man, the mother whose child is dying.Published on July 14, 2013 by Sheri Fresonke Harper
I have enjoyed this book. Like the style of Lu Xun here. This book can be taken as an interesting book on ancient Chinese life and culture and at the same time one is able to... Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Piet de Groot
Lu Xun is an important Chinese writer, because he was one of the first authors to write in the vernacular about common people in common surroundings. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Luc REYNAERT