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A Dictionary of Maqiao

A Dictionary of Maqiao
Author: Han Shaogong
ISBN 13: 9780385339353
ISBN 10: 385339356
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Publication Date: 2005-09-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $16.00

One of the most-talked about works of fiction to emerge from China in recent years, this novel about an urban youth "displaced" to a small village in rural China during the Cultural Revolution is a fictionalized portrait of the author's own experience as a young man.

The New York Times

The book, the winner of several prizes in China, stubbornly resists analysis. To enter its pages is to cross into a world of bandits and ghosts, where ''rude'' means ''pretty,'' homosexuals are ''Red Flower Daddies'' and people don't die, they ''scatter.'' Cross-references abound, and slowly the novel emerges as one grand idiom. This is a meditation on the trapdoors of language and on the microhistories buried within words. — Katherine Wolff