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Happy Dreams by [Pingwa, Jia]
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Though I’ve never been to China, reading Happy Dreams brought home the vibrancy of a culture unknown to me—and the grittiness of life on the margins of a rapidly modernizing country—in a powerful, almost visceral, way. Happy and his friend Wufu leave their village for the large city of Xi’an in search of riches, but end up sorting through the trash to earn their living. They are helped along by a local kingpin, who had once been their rural neighbor but now instructs them in the subtleties of trash collection.

Happy and Wufu have a literary friendship that stands alongside that of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza from Cervantes’s Don Quixote or George Milton and Lennie Small from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. They dream of the good life, of garbage transformed into gold, of providing for those they love—or of finding someone to love. It’s Happy’s great gift that he can see beauty in the world, even as he toils in the trash. Their immensely moving story is both comic and tragic, a sprawling tale of human life and aspiration.

Author Jia Pingwa is a towering figure in his native China. Incredibly popular and a critical sensation, he can count such literary giants as Mo Yan as his peers. For those not already familiar with his work, Happy Dreams is a great place to begin the journey into his world.

- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor


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“Interwoven with references to China’s tumultuous political history and rich artistic tradition, Pingwa’s novel captures a nation undergoing change and brutally illustrates what that change might actually cost…[An] optimistic yet heartbreaking tale of the life of Hawa ‘Happy’ Liu.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Born in 1952 in Dihua Village, Danfeng County, Shaanxi Province, Jia Pingwa went on to graduate from Northwestern University’s Chinese department in 1975. He is deputy chair of the China Writers’ Association Presidium and chair of Writers’ Association Shaanxi branch. Among his best-known works are the novels Shaanxi Opera (QinQiang), Ruined City, Turbulence, Old Kiln Village, The Lantern Bearer, Master of Songs, The Pole Flower, White Nights, Earth Gate, Gao Lao Village, and In Memory of Wolves. He is also the author of several short story collections and novellas.

Passionate about spreading Chinese literature to English readers, Nicky Harman has translated the works of many renowned Chinese authors into English. They include Anni Baobei’s The Road of Others, Chan Koon-Chung’s The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver, Chen Xiwo’s Book of Sins, Han Dong’s A Phone Call from Dalian: Collected Poems, Jia Pingwa’s Happy Dreams, Dorothy Tse’s Snow and Shadow, Xinran’s Letter from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Xu Xiaobin’s Crystal Wedding, Xu Zhiyuan’s Paper Tiger, and Yan Ge’s The Chili Bean Paste Clan.

Harman has won several awards, including the Mao Tai Cup People’s Literature Chinese-English translation prize 2015 and the 2013 China International Translation Contest, Chinese-to-English section. When not translating, she promotes contemporary Chinese fiction to the general English-language reader through literary events, blogs, talks, a short story project on Paper-Republic.org, and with the Writing Chinese project 2014–2016 at Leeds University. She also mentors new translators, teaches summer schools, and judges translation competitions. Harman resides in the United Kingdom and tweets as the China Fiction Bookclub @cfbcuk.


Product details

  • File Size: 5564 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097428
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (October 1, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NAHCK4B
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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