Taipei People

ISBN-10: 9622018599
ISBN-13: 9789622018594
Edition: N/A
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Description: The stories in this book appeared some thirty years ago over a period of time in the magazine Hsien-tai wen hsueh (Modern Literature), which Pai Hsien-yung, the author, and other young writers founded, edited and wrote for in Taiwan. Published in  More...

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Book details

Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
Publication date: 8/9/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540

The stories in this book appeared some thirty years ago over a period of time in the magazine Hsien-tai wen hsueh (Modern Literature), which Pai Hsien-yung, the author, and other young writers founded, edited and wrote for in Taiwan. Published in book form in 1971 under the title Taipei jen (Taipei People), the stories in this book quickly established Pai Hsien-yung as a writer with a rare combination of artistic sensibilities, technical equipment, and a deeply moral purpose. The book has since won him a large following in Taiwan and Hong Kong and Chinese communities the world over. In 1982, Indiana University Press published the English translation of the book under the title Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream: Tales of Taipei Characters, which was translated by the author and Patia Yasin, and edited by George Kao. The Chinese University Press decided to publish a bilingual edition for readers to enjoy a paragraph-to-paragraph comparison of these short stories.

Son of one of the military leaders of the Nationalist Revolution and high government defense official during the war against Japan, Pai spent much of his youth in wartime Kweilin in southwest China, which has provided much of the material for his subsequent fiction. After the war ended, he resided for a time in Shanghai, and then resettled with his parents in Taiwan when he was of middle-school age. He attended the prestigious National Taiwan University. He published his first short story in September 1958, having just completed his freshman year. Pai came to the United States in 1963 and since 1965 has taught Chinese at the University of California at Santa Barbara while continuing to publish fiction. His style is among the most polished of any modern writer in Chinese. He depicts his characters with vivid realism, and often chooses themes that describe the pain of exile, showing the once powerful reduced to humble or humiliating circumstances. Such themes are particularly evident in his highly acclaimed collection of stories, Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream: Tales of Taipei Characters (1971) which he dedicates to his parents and "the tumultuous age in which they lived." With his novel Crystal Boys (1990), he has become the first modern Chinese writer to explore the theme of homosexuality in a story about gay life in the city of Taipei.

Preface to the Bilingual Edition
Editor's Preface
A Word from the Co-Translator
Acknowledgments
The External Snow Beauty
A Touch of Green
New Year's Eve
The Last Night of Taipan Chin
A Sea of Blood-red Azaleas
Ode to Bygone Days
The Dirge of Liang Fu
Love's Lone Flower
Glory's by Blossom Bridge
Autumn Reveries
A Sky Full of Bright, Twinkling Stars
Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream
Winter Night
State Funeral
Foreword to the Indiana Edition

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