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Notes of a Desolate Man (Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan)

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In this postmodern tale of a Taiwanese gay man reflecting on his life, loves, and intellectual influences, the narrator, Shao, recollects a series of friends and lovers as he watches his childhood friend, Ah Yao, succumb to complications from AIDS. The brute fact of Ah Yao's death focuses Shao's simultaneously erudite and erotic reflections magnetically on the core theme of mortality. His feverish journey through forests of metaphor and allusion — from Fellini and Lévi-Strauss to classical CHinese poetry — serves as a litany protecting him from the ravages of time and finitude.

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This postmodern, first-person tale of a contemporary Taiwanese gay man reflecting on his life, loves, and intellectual influences is among the most important novels to emerge from Taiwan in recent memory.

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Winner of the coveted China Times Novel Prize, this postmodern, first-person tale of a contemporary Taiwanese gay man reflecting on his life, loves, and intellectual influences is among the most important recent novels in Taiwan.

The narrator, Xiao Shao, recollects a series of friends and lovers, as he watches his childhood friend, Ah Yao, succumb to complications from AIDS. The brute fact of Ah Yao's death focuses Shao's simultaneously erudite and erotic reflections magnetically on the core theme of mortality. By turns humorous and despondent, the narrator struggles to come to terms with Ah Yao's risky lifestyle, radical political activism, and eventual death; the fragility of romantic love; the awesome power of eros; the solace of writing; the cold ennui of a younger generation enthralled only by video games; and life on the edge of mainstream Taiwanese society. His feverish journey through forests of metaphor and allusion — from Fellini and Lvi-Strauss to classical Chinese poetry — serves as a litany protecting him from the ravages of time and finitude.

Impressive in scope and detail, Notes of a Desolate Man employs the motif of its characters' marginalized sexuality to highlight Taiwan's vivid and fragile existence on the periphery of mainland China. Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin's masterful translation brings Chu T'ien-wen's lyrical and inventive pastiche of political, poetic, and sexual desire to the English-speaking world.

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ISBN:
9780231116091
Translator:
Goldblatt, Howard
Translator:
Lin, Sylvia Li-Chun
Translator:
Lin, Sylvia Li-Chun
Author:
Tien-Wen, Chu
Author:
Goldblatt, Howard
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan (Paperback)
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9.27x5.53x.58 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 184 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231116091 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This postmodern, first-person tale of a contemporary Taiwanese gay man reflecting on his life, loves, and intellectual influences is among the most important novels to emerge from Taiwan in recent memory.
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the coveted China Times Novel Prize, this postmodern, first-person tale of a contemporary Taiwanese gay man reflecting on his life, loves, and intellectual influences is among the most important recent novels in Taiwan.

The narrator, Xiao Shao, recollects a series of friends and lovers, as he watches his childhood friend, Ah Yao, succumb to complications from AIDS. The brute fact of Ah Yao's death focuses Shao's simultaneously erudite and erotic reflections magnetically on the core theme of mortality. By turns humorous and despondent, the narrator struggles to come to terms with Ah Yao's risky lifestyle, radical political activism, and eventual death; the fragility of romantic love; the awesome power of eros; the solace of writing; the cold ennui of a younger generation enthralled only by video games; and life on the edge of mainstream Taiwanese society. His feverish journey through forests of metaphor and allusion — from Fellini and Lvi-Strauss to classical Chinese poetry — serves as a litany protecting him from the ravages of time and finitude.

Impressive in scope and detail, Notes of a Desolate Man employs the motif of its characters' marginalized sexuality to highlight Taiwan's vivid and fragile existence on the periphery of mainland China. Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin's masterful translation brings Chu T'ien-wen's lyrical and inventive pastiche of political, poetic, and sexual desire to the English-speaking world.

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