Xun (or Hsun) is the master (inventor?) of the modern Chinese short story. Some of his stories were translated into American English in , but more recent. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun. Lu Xun (–), a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. Writing in Vernacular. A Madman’s Diary is a short story published in by Lu Xun, a Chinese writer. It was the first For other uses, see Diary of a Madman (disambiguation).

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Borrows the dogs from Gogol, but Lu Xun is a more concerned with cannibalism than Spanish kings. At first there is no path, but then there are people passing that way and there is a path. Go read it – it’s right under that link above and is pretty short.

In the s he became the titular head of the From May Fourth to June Fourth: Evasdottir Limited preview – From that time on he published many stories, essays and translations, and he became more and more famous.

The story presents itself as diary entries in Vernacular Chinese of a madman who, according to the foreword, written in Classical Chinesehas now been cured of his paranoia. The story “Home” was the exception, and several other times he flirts with something brilliant, but otherwise I was not moved or emotionally engaged.

University of Newcastle Library. In The Incident there are some moral issues at stake.

A Madman’s Diary – Wikipedia

That is, Sometimes when I read a book, I feel like the time and place were just too different from the present for me to really appreciate the literature, and this is one of those books. Here, he works a hyperbolic ul generally similar to that used by Jonathan Swift in “A Modest Proposal”. The collection of short stories has a tumultuous start, with the Diary of a Madman. Suasana yang mirip suasana kuburan: In other projects Wikisource. Jan 26, Whitaker rated it really liked it Shelves: He made a decision to cure the “souls” of his countrymen rather than their bodies and chose literature as his xtories.


They chronicle the spiralling suspicion he feels for those around him from the neighbour’s dog to one of his tenants to a woman in the street to his own brother, analysing it as being due to the fact that they are all man-eaters, even to the point of rationalising his own little sister’s death to having been eaten by their brother.

Aug 27, Jimi Gilroy rated it really liked it Shelves: His work is often very critical of current social and ethical views. No trivia or quizzes yet. In Lu wrote the first short story published in his name, Diary of a Madman, for the magazine New Youth. A short, rather scathing and often chilling commentary on the depersonalizing effects of mindless societal adherence. As a key characteristic of his works, to use a more neutral register and NOT represent this aspect of the work would have been another form of “betrayal”.

Since then his status has been reduced to the more modest proportions of ‘great’ writer, but one of almost a hundred years ago.

The madness of the protagonist was delineated very quickly and like ripples from a stone dropped into a pool, it rapidly and obsessively spread out with more and more detail. Via Xiamen and Kanton he eventually ended up in Shanghai, where he was safe in the foreign concessions.

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun

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Certain sections, however, were not altogether disconnected, and I have copied out a part to serve as a subject for medical research. No eBook available Shories. One of the semi-autobiographical stories in the book, this tells of a trip by the young Lu Xun to watch a Chinese opera in the evening. Vanaf steunde Lu Xun de Chinese Communistische Partij soms, hoewel hij er nooit lid van is geworden. The second collection shows a far more eloquent and poetic style that, contrasts with stories that are more directly to the point, and, in many cases, more informed by personal experience.


However, although many young writers wanted to become his disciples, he had an ambivalent attitude toward them and often became bitter or angry when he disagreed with their theories. In both museums, the visitor must be aware that the image given of Lu Xun is colored in communist tones.

Instead, much of it was quite plain and two-dimensional, maybe because of its political nature.

Seeing the people in his village as potential man-eaters, he is gripped by the fear that everyone, including his brother, his venerable doctor and his neighbors, who are crowding about watching him, are harboring cannibalistic thoughts diaryy him. Gao takes on a job as a history teacher, a subject of which he knows next to nothing.

Account Options Sign in. The story begins with the narrator’s visit to a pair of brothers who were close friends of his during his school years.

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

He had been a man of some standing; he gives something of a quote: The story begins with the narrator’s visit to a pair of brothers who were close friends of his during his school years.

Lists with This Book. If you’re looking for short, well-written stories with a strong political message, look no further.