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Contemporary Literature of Asiaby Arthur W. Biddle
Synopses & Reviews
Edited by regional experts, this anthology of contemporary Asian literature offers a broad selection of recent fiction, drama, and poetry in the best translations — many otherwise unavailable in English in North America. It focuses on the contemporary literature from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Vietman; focuses on post-colonial writing — with most selections written since 1960 — that reveals the cultural, social, and political concerns of today's emerging and newly-independent nations; and provides introductory essays for each major section — written by regional experts who chose the selections that offer brief histories, cultural information, and literary background essential in understanding the works.
Contemporary Literature of Asia offers a treasury of writing from the most populous continent on earth. From Pakistan in the west to Japan and Indonesia in the east, we have collected the best contemporary short stories, poems, and plays, many otherwise unavailable in English in North America.
Table of Contents
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA.
G. Shankara Kurup, The Master Carpenter.
P.S. Rege, Mirror. The Green Dress.
Indira Sant, Her Dream. Household Fires.
M. Gopalakrishna Adiga, “Do Something, Brother”.
Vinda Karandikar, Traitor. The Knot.
Amrita Pritam, Process of Creation. The Weed.
Nissim Ezekiel, Minority Poem. In India.
Mahasweta Devi, Breast-Giver.
Kunwar Narayan, Towards Delhi. Preparations of War. Archaeological Find.
A.K. Ramanujan, Love Poem for a Wife I. Small-Scale Reflections on a Great House.
Shrikant Verma, Process of Change. Half-an-Hour's Argument.
Kedarnath Singh, Signature. On Reading a Love Poem.
Dhoomil, The City, Evening, and an Old Man: Me. Twenty Years After Independence.
P. Lankesh, Bread.
Naiyer Masud, The Color of Nothingness.
Anita Desai, The Farewell Party.
Bharati Mukherjee, The Management of Grief.
Gagan Gill, A Desire in Her Bangles. Turning Away. In a Bus in Punjab.
THREE SUBALTERN POETS:
Hira Bansode, Woman. Hippie.
Narayan Surve, Lifetime. The Day Nehru Died.
Namdeo Dhasal, Stone-masons, My Father, and Me.
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Inem.
Taufiq Ismail, What If, Some People and a Landscape, Give Indonesia Back To Me.
MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE.
Muhammad Haji Salleh, Quiet Village, Fishermen, The Traveller, from A Singapura Sequence.
Chandran Nair, The Land, It Is Not Far Away, Hindu Cremation, Brothers.
Shahnon Ahmad, Woman.
Shankar Lamichhane, The Half-Closed Eyes of the Buddha and the Slowly Setting Sun.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Don't Ask Me Now, Beloved. If You Look at the City from Here. Solitary Confinement.
Zamiruddin Ahmad, Purvai — The Easterly Wind.
Enver Sajjad, The Bird.
Khalida Asghar, The Wagon.
Moniza Alvi, Indian Cooking. The Country at My Shoulder. The Sari. Map of India.
Manuel Arguilla, How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife.
Amador T. Daguio, Wedding Dance.
N.V.M. Gonzalez, A Warm Hand.
Nick Joaquin, The Summer Solstice.
Marianne Villanueva, Siko.
Yasmine Gooneratne, Menika.
Asoka Colombage, The Smell of a Baby.
Cheng Naishan, Why Parents Worry.
Bei Dao, 13 Happiness Street. Notes on the City of the Sun. Answer. All.
Shu Ting, Also All. Assembly Line.
Zhang Xinxin and Sang Ye, Popcorn. Second Try. Mr. Average. Land.
Yang Lian, Banned Poetry. Masks. Crocodile. Ghost Talk.
Gu Cheng, Capital "I". Parting. A Headstrong Boy.
Mo Yan, Divine Debauchery.
HONG KONG AND TAIWAN.
Yu Kwang-chung, If There's a War Rages Afar. The Kowloon-Canton Railway. The Night-Blooming Cereus.
Pai Hsien-yung, Glory's by Blossom Bridge.
Hwang Chun-ming, Ringworms.
Yang Mu, Six Songs to the Tune "Partridge Skies." From "Nine Arguments." Don't Read This.
Lo Ching, Six Ways of Eating a Watermelon. Protest Posters. Don't Read This.
Kawabata Yasunari, Up in the Tree. Immortality. The Cereus.
Enchi Fumiko, Boxcar of Chrysanthemums.
Inoue, The Boy. River Light. The Beginning of Autumn. Old Man in a Turban.
Kaneko Tota, Above the crumbled bricks. On the hill, a withered farm. Like something totally. Ephemerae sarming. At many street corners. Factory dismissing the workers. A white human figure. After a heated argument. Like an arm outstretched. Like squids.
Abe Kôbô, The Stick.
Mishima Yukio, Yoroboshi: The Blind Young Man.
Tanikawa Shuntaro, The Sanctity of Trivial Things. Obsession with an Apple. A Personal Opinion about Gray. Impossible Approach to a Glass.
Ooka Makoto, Sink. Birth of the Gods. You Are Next to Me. For a Girl in Springtime.
Oe Kenzaburo, The Day Another Izumi Shikibu Was Born.
Tsushima Yuko, The Silent Traders.
Murakami Haruki, On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning.
Hwang Sunwon, Cranes. Masks.
Pak Mogwol, An Empty Glass. Burial. Footprints. A Trip to Yongin. Winter Living.
Kim Namjo, Love Song. Gift. Winter Christ.
Huang Tonggyu, Four Twilights. Port of Call. Wild Geese. Song of Peace.
Kim Chi-ha, The Story of a Sound.
Kim Chi-won, Lullaby.
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Witness Remains. Peace. Village Childhood. Homeland. Please Call Me by My True Names. Calm. Padmapani. Zen Corners. Froglessness. Breathing.
Nguyen Chi Thien, Oh Strip of Homeland, Half the Letter S. An Evening Cloud. My poetry's not mere poetry, no. I just keep silent when they torture me. The tree. Sundry Notes. Flowers from hell.
Nguyen Huy Thiep, Salt of the Jungle.
Poems from captured documents, My Birthplace, Nam Binh. Meeting. One Moonlit Night. Despair. Departure. Giving My Soul Completely. Note in My Diary. In the Forest at Night. Remembering Past Love.
Ca dao, The Saigon River. Leaving the Village. Harmony in the Kingdom. Lullaby. Talking about Birds. Testing the Confucian Ideal. The Girl with the Binh Tien Hairdo. The Homesick Bride. The Outpost Soldier. The concubine. Bare Rocks and Stars.
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