“In contrast to the utopian official literature of Communist China, the stories in this wide-ranging collection marshal wry humor, entangled sex, urban alienation, nasty village politics and frequent violence. . . . [Goldblatt] lets the stories speak for themselves, which, fortunately, they do, quietly and effectively.” Publishers Weekly
Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused
Fiction from Today's China
978-0-8021-3449-3 • $16.00 • Paperback • Mar. 1996
Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused is a showcase for twenty writers from the new literary generation in China. Hard-core realism, experimental prose, and black humor; exoticism and eroticism; shocking tales of brutality, tender evocations of love, and engrossing mysteries all coexist in an anthology that spans nearly a decade, ten years that have witnessed a dizzying array of societal and political changes. Almost all of the stories appear in English translation for the first time.
Events of the late 1980s, culminating in the Tiananmen incident of 1989, unleashed a veritable explosion of talent and ideas that clearly places Chinese writers at the forefront of creativity and invention. The writers from this new generation are destined, given the beauty and skill of their work, to shock and entertain readers all over the world.