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Loud sparrows : contemporary Chinese short-shorts

Author: Aili Mu; Julie Chiu; Howard Goldblatt
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2006.
Series: Weatherhead books on Asia.
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From the Publisher: Extremely short stories-known as short-shorts-have become a global phenomenon, but nowhere have they been embraced as enthusiastically as in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The form's artistic and aesthetic freedoms allow authors to capture the tone, texture, and chaos of their rapidly changing societies in infinitely inventive ways. Fragments and contingencies reveal unofficial histories,  Read more...
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Loud sparrows.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)631332485
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aili Mu; Julie Chiu; Howard Goldblatt
ISBN: 0231138482 9780231138482 9780231138499 0231138490
Language Note: Translated from the Chinese.
OCLC Number: 62616117
Description: xxiii, 239 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Bei Dao --
Introduction --
1: Grooming --
Lover's ear /Yuan Qiongqiong --
Mothballs / Chen Kehua --
Shaved head / Wang Meng --
Lover / Chen Kehua --
Losing the feet / Zhong Jufang --
Fad / Zhang Zheng --
2: Change --
Wrong number / Liu Yichang --
Learning to talk / Wang Meng --
Seat / Liu Guofang --
Self-murder / Cai Nan --
Last stop, Mongkok / Che Zhengxuan --
Parting / Wang Kuishan --
Beat / Liu Xinwu --
3: Choices --
Left with no chance / Chang Gang --
Sunday morning / Xi Xi --
Jailbreak / Ku Ling --
Cup of tea / Yu Yingmao --
In the haystack / Cao Naiqian --
Returning home on a stormy night / He Weiping --
Tied together by fate / Chen Huiying --
4: Governance --
Busy secretary / Zhan Jing --
Cloth shoes / Ah Cheng --
Promotion report / Chen Hengchu --
Purchase request for a kettle / Xu Shijie --
Capable man can't handle a small case / Liu Jing --
Ears / Sun Xuemin --
5: Games --
What's up, Lao Cao? / Chen Shixu --
General / Liu Jianchao --
Number eight / Wu Yimin --
Observe / Ah Cheng --
Confinement / Yuan Bingfa --
Here's how the flu spreads / Qin Yong --
Upholder of unity / Wang Meng --
6: Controversy --
Tail / Wang Zengqi --
Black hen, white hen / Ji Dongliang --
My one comment too many / Yi Ming --
Gan Xiaocao's bamboo pole / Deng Hongwei --
Right to the heart of the matter / Wang Meng --
Sexual harassment / Lin Li-chun --
7: Anticipations --
Bed-wetting / Zhang Jishu --
Principle of rebound / Xu Haiwei --
Accidental confidante / Bai Xiaoyi --
Matching sets / Wei Jinshu --
Home / Xiu Xiangming --
Rendez-vous / Si Li. 8: Creatures --
Cat / Yuan Qiongqiong --
Pets / Ah Cheng --
Sea turtle / Zhang Kangkang --
Flies / Yuan Qiongqiong --
Crow and the fox / Liang Dazhi --
Waiting for a windfall / Wang Yanyan --
Little stray cat / Zhong Ling --
9: Sharing --
Division / Zhou Rui --
Postcards / Ye Si --
Cycle / Ah Cheng --
Black Umbrella / Yi Ruofen --
Small-hands Chen / Wang Zengqi --
It was the pumpkin that brought me here / Luo Feng --
In-law / Cao Naiqian --
10: (In)fidelities --
Elope / Fu Aimao --
Frenchie / Ai Ya --
Hickey / Ku Ling --
Horse talk / Mo Yan --
Family catastrophe / Ku Ling --
Hatred / Ah Cheng --
Confession of a photographer / Ku Ling --
11: Nourishment --
Good wine / Chen Hui --
Chimney smoke / Ah Cheng --
0 Cafe / Ku Ling --
Bus stop and haws-sicles /Zhou Rui --
Granny Drunkard / Feng Jicai --
Tea scum / Ling Dingnian --
12: Weirdness --
Disputatiasis / Wang Meng --
Features-column editor's day-dream / Liu Yichang --
Death dream / Ku Ling --
Empty seat / Yuan Qiongqiong --
Little, little, little, little, little / Wang Meng --
Strange encounter / Mo Yan --
13:? --
Explosion in the living room / Bai Xiaoyi --
Going home / Ai Ya --
It looks as if / Teng Gang --
Not seen / Yuan Qiongqiong --
My wife finally goes camping / Lin Ji --
Contemplating water / Zhong Ling --
14: Elegy --
Father / Yuan Qiongqiong --
Knock at the door / Lin Jinlan --
Grandpa Pothook / Cao Naiqian --
Killer well / Zhong Ling --
Looking back at life at the moment of death / Cai Nan --
Encounter with General Zhou / Chi Zijian --
15: Looking backward and looking ahead --
Look / Li Zuchen --
Notes --
About the authors.
Series Title: Weatherhead books on Asia.
Responsibility: selected and translated by Aili Mu, Julie Chiu, Howard Goldblatt.

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A collection of ninety-one short-shorts, a form of short-storytelling. Presenting diverse voices and perspectives by writers, the stories are culled from newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and  Read more...
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