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The Adventures of Mao on the Long March

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A revolutionary comic masterpiece, an icon of literature as American pop art, and a book unlike any other, The Adventures of Mao on the Long March breaks all frames.

Frederic Tuten's subversive, witty, and triumphant 1971 novel is caught somewhere between the clear-eyed rhapsodies of James Fenimore Cooper and Mao Tse Tung's own Address to the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature. Tuten peppers his deadpan textbook narrative of Mao's long march with loving parodies of Hemingway, Kerouac, Dos Passos, and Malamud. As John Updike comments, the book includes: twenty-seven pages of straight history of the Long March and thirty-six and a half pages of quotations in quotation marks, from unidentified sources (such as, diligent research discovers, Hawthorne's Marble Faun, Walter Pater's Marius the Epicurean,..) and twenty-six pages of what might be considered normal novelistic substance--imaginary encounters and conversation. For example: Chairman Mao is in his tent, after the strain of the Tatu campaign. He hears the rumble of a tank: 'A tank, covered with peonies and laurels, advances towards him. Mao thinks the tank will crush him, but it clanks to a halt. The turret rises, hesitantly. Greta Garbo, dressed in red sealskin boots, red railway-man's cap, and red satin coveralls, emerges. She speaks: Mao, I have been bad in Moscow and wicked in Paris, I have been loved in every capital, but I have never met a MAN whom I could love. That Man is you, Mao, Mao mine. Mao considers this dialectically. The woman is clearly mad. Yet she is beautiful and the tank seems to work.'...

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Caught somewhere between the clear-eyed rhapsodies of James Fenimore Cooper and Mao Tse Tung's own Address to the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature, Tuten's The Adventures of Mao on the Long March is a wildly inventive, triumphant novel of great wit and subversion. Out of a revolutionary montage of literary pastiche, comic strips, political rhetoric, film culture, and pop iconography, Tuten has fashioned a funny, caustic and tender romance.

Synopsis:

Frederic Tuten's subversive, witty, and triumphant 1971 novel is caught somewhere between the clear-eyed rhapsodies of James Fenimore Cooper and Mao Tse Tung's own Address to the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature. Tuten peppers his deadpan textbook narrative of Mao's long march with loving parodies of Hemingway, Kerouac, Dos Passos, and Malamud.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811216326
Afterword:
Updike, John
Preface:
Updike, John
Preface:
Updike, John
Author:
Tuten, Frederic
Afterword:
Updike, John
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Heads of state
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Mao, Zedong
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
New Directions Classics
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
134
Dimensions:
8.24x5.20x.48 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Caught somewhere between the clear-eyed rhapsodies of James Fenimore Cooper and Mao Tse Tung's own Address to the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature, Tuten's The Adventures of Mao on the Long March is a wildly inventive, triumphant novel of great wit and subversion. Out of a revolutionary montage of literary pastiche, comic strips, political rhetoric, film culture, and pop iconography, Tuten has fashioned a funny, caustic and tender romance.
"Synopsis" by , Frederic Tuten's subversive, witty, and triumphant 1971 novel is caught somewhere between the clear-eyed rhapsodies of James Fenimore Cooper and Mao Tse Tung's own Address to the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature. Tuten peppers his deadpan textbook narrative of Mao's long march with loving parodies of Hemingway, Kerouac, Dos Passos, and Malamud.
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