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dc.contributor.authorQi, Shouhua
dc.description.abstract<p>Hugely popular in China, flash fiction is poised to be the most exciting new development in contemporary Chinese literature in a decade. Integrating both vernacular and contemporary styles while embracing new technologies such as text messaging (SMS) and blogging, contemporary Chinese flash fiction represents the voice of a civilization at the brink of a startling and unprecedented transformation. This collection features 120 short-short stories (from 100 to 300 words each), written by some of China’s most dynamic and versatile authors. Dong Rui’s <em>The Pearl Jacket</em> offers a glimpse of the real and surreal in human evolution, Chen Qiyou’s <em>Butterfly Forever</em> brings an ancient Chinese literary motif into a startling modern context, while Liu Jianchao’s <em>Concerned Departments</em> mocks the staggering complexity of life in the new urban China. Traditional, experimental, and avant-garde, <em>The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories</em> will reinvigorate the position of young Chinese writers as a major presence in contemporary literature. Their voices breathe new energy into modern Chinese literature, leaving the literary and societal stagnation of the Cultural Revolution behind as a distant memory.</p>
dc.publisherStone Bridge Press
dc.titlePearl Jacket and Other Stories: Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (The)
dc.subject.keywordflash fiction
dc.subject.keywordcontemporary Chinese literature
dc.subject.keywordshort stories
dc.subject.keywordliterary motif

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