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Wang in Love and Bondage: Three Novellas by Wang Xiaobo

Wang in Love and Bondage Three Novellas by Wang Xiaobo Acclaimed as one of the most important writers of twentieth century China the late Wang Xiaobo is known for his frank often antic treatment of sex and his gift for reveling in human absurd

  • Title: Wang in Love and Bondage: Three Novellas by Wang Xiaobo
  • Author: Wang Xiaobo Hongling Zhang Jason Sommer
  • ISBN: 9780791470657
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Acclaimed as one of the most important writers of twentieth century China, the late Wang Xiaobo 1952 1997 is known for his frank, often antic treatment of sex and his gift for reveling in human absurdity and provoking laughter from horror Comprised of three novellas, The Golden Age, East Palace, West Palace, and 2015, this book is the first English translation ofAcclaimed as one of the most important writers of twentieth century China, the late Wang Xiaobo 1952 1997 is known for his frank, often antic treatment of sex and his gift for reveling in human absurdity and provoking laughter from horror Comprised of three novellas, The Golden Age, East Palace, West Palace, and 2015, this book is the first English translation of his work East Palace, West Palace, one of the first contemporary Chinese fictional works dealing with male homosexuality, is an S M oriented love story between a masochistic gay writer and a handsome policeman unaware of his sadistic tendencies In The Golden Age, for which Wang Xiaobo is perhaps best known, the protagonist, Wang Er literally, Wang number two is a city student sent to the countryside for rustification during the Cultural Revolution There he meets a lovely young doctor whom he encourages to live up to her undeserved reputation as damaged goods In 2015, another Wang Er, after being put into a labor camp for practicing painting without a license, becomes the love object of a sadistic policewoman.Although the sexual and social roles of Wang Xiaobo s characters intertwine, sexuality functions not as protest but as an absurd metaphor for state power and the voluntary, even enthusiastic, collaboration of those subject to it Full of deadpan humor and oddball sex, Wang Xiaobo s novellas allow us to see, through a subtly shifting kaleidoscope, scenes from the elaborate dance the individual must do with the state in twentieth century China.

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    1. This translated book is completely absurd, and wildly entertaining. There is an underlying cultural repression, and sexual deviants that inspires the characters all the novellas. Nothing makes much sense, which is why this is a fun read.

    2. Even though this book is messy, it is amazing. This left me with the impression that artists were something like sacks. The only difference between the two is that when you get tangled up with a sack, you have to move it away with your hands; when you stumble over an artist, you kick him and he will move off by himself. We all know that in the past, when people killed a hog, they always inflated it first, and then used a primitive technique to remove its hair. There is also a saying that a dead [...]

    3. All three of these novellas explore questions of art and sex in the context of a totalitarian state (specifically, the Cultural Revolution) with that sad-funny irony that I guess we call post-modern: Kafka + Catch 22 + Kundera + Maoist China. Of course, sex is a metaphor; and, of course, the state is a metaphor. Art may be a metaphor, too; but there are also human beings trying to live with the weight of such metaphors, accidental rebels who are also accidental collaborators. "2015" is the funni [...]

    4. How do you art in the totalitarian state?How do you sex in the totalitarian state?How do you love in the totalitarian state?Xiaobo explores these questions through three novellas of men painting, lusting and tentatively loving in Communist China. Often--no, always, creating art, sex and love chaotically overlapped and antagonized the totalitarian state, plunging Xiaobo's protagonists into an absurd hole I couldn't always follow down into, but it was interesting to pace the periphery and look in. [...]

    5. I am technically still reading this book but want to note here that if you're going to China this is a good book to read before you go. I am reading it having just returned. Wang Xiaobo is funny & sharp. Hard to know how much we miss in the translation. The language is low key. The man who recommended this writer to me described rhymes in his work that aren't in these novellas (so far anyway). Perhaps this features in another of his works.

    6. Wang is a childish philosopher. His words is beautiful. But i think the most romantic thing is his love story with yinhe li. He said in one of his love letters to yin that" i got the writing paper by accident which is just like the unexpected mention between you and i. So i hope our story can be an endless song"

    7. The book starts a little slow and strange towards the end it's weird and cute . exposes a very different lifestyle and culture interesting and sad makes you wanna just ask the author if he really refers to his manhood as the "Little Buddha ??"

    8. An incredibly rewarding, challenging read about the challenges of living within Communist China. A lot of sex, but also one of the most thought provoking looks at love that I've read in a long time.

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