The Resource Zero and other fictions, (electronic resource)

Zero and other fictions, (electronic resource)

Label
Zero and other fictions
Title
Zero and other fictions
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Against the backdrop of nativist rural narratives dominating Taiwan's literary scene in the 1980s, Huang Fan published thrilling urban portraits and political satires, reorienting the nation's attention. His sardonic tone stood in stark contrast to the self-serious social realism then in vogue, and after decades of groundbreaking work, he is now one of Asia's most celebrated authors, crucial to understanding the development of Taiwanese literature over the past fifty years. The first collection of Fan's work to appear in English, this anthology includes Zero, a futuristic novella that won the Unitas Prize, and three critically acclaimed short stories: "Lai Suo" (which won the China Times and Shibao Grand Literary Prize and established Fan's reputation), "The Intelligent Man," and "How to Measure the Width of a Ditch." In Zero, Xi De, a young man living among the elite in a postapocalyptic world, challenges the technocratic rule of a charismatic leader, mirroring Taiwan's own social character in the 1970s and containing strong allusions to George Orwell's 1984. Fan's novella poignantly renders the quandary of an idealistic man trapped between conflicting claims to truth, unsure of whether he is heroic or foolish in his ultimate choice of resistance or sacrifice. In the widely anthologized "Lai Suo," a naïve individual becomes the pawn of powerful men intent on advancement. "How to Measure the Width of a Ditch" is an absurdist, metafictional tale in which the narrator reminisces about his childhood in Taipei, and "The Intelligent Man" weaves an allegorical satire of Taiwanese migration to the United States and the business expansion to mainland China and Southeast Asia. All together, these remarkable works portray the tensions and aspirations underlying Taiwanese society, as well as other worlds waking up from political strife
Cataloging source
Midwest
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Huang, Fan
Dewey number
895.1/352
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
hoopla digital
Series statement
Modern Chinese literature from Taiwan
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • City and town life
  • Political fiction, Chinese
  • Satire, Chinese
  • Electronic books
  • Taiwan
Target audience
adult
Label
Zero and other fictions, (electronic resource)
Link
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Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231528054
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
11864472
Publisher number
MWT11864472
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Zero and other fictions, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231528054
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
11864472
Publisher number
MWT11864472
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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