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Virtual Lotus Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia

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ISBN-10: 0472067893

ISBN-13: 9780472067893

Edition: 2002

Authors: Teri S. Yamada

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Virtual Lotus is the first anthology to represent diverse writers throughout Southeast Asia. Their short stories reflect the tremendous social, political, and cultural changes experienced in the region during an age of rapid modernization. Both award-winning writers and new talent are represented, including Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Indonesia), Shahnon Ahmad (Malaysia), and Duong Thu Huong (Vietnam). With keen wit, satire, and pathos their stories poignantly illustrate contemporary life and literary currents in Southeast Asia during the twentieth century. Short introductions to each story provide a sketch of the country's literary history, revealing the interaction between individual writers and their sociopolitical situations. Many of the stories are ethnographic and provide snapshots of cultures at a specific historical moment. The stories also reflect gender balance, diversity of style, and quality of literary expression. Exploring everything from the realities of being a middle-aged woman in Burma in the witty drama "An Umbrella" to the difficult choice between appeasing a troubled Vietnamese community or tending to an ailing father in "Tu Ben the Actor," this collection is sure to appeal to a variety of readers the world over. This anthology will be useful in courses in comparative translation and culture, postcolonial studies, political science, Asian history, and gender studies. It is also appropriate for a literary reading public interested in comparative world literature. Teri Shaffer Yamada is Associate Professor, California State University, Long Beach.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 4/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Thadun
Clean, Clear Water
An Umbrella
An Unanswerable Question
Just a Human Being
A Khmer Policeman's Story: A Goddamn Rich Man of the New Era
My Sister
The Silent Center of Life's Day
Interview with Ravana
The Mysterious Shooter Trilogy: (1) "Killing Song"; (2) "The Sound of Rain on Roof Tiles"; (3) "Grrrr!"
The Purification of Sita
Death Price
A Bar at the Edge of a Cemetery
The Kling-Kling Woman
Two Brothers
Delirium
Dance of the Bees
The Plankway
Foolish
A Personal History of an Island
Sex, Size and Ginseng
Painting the Eye
And the Grass Is Trampled
Sita Puts Out the Fire
The Family in the Street
The Painting
The Music Child
The Mayor of the Roses
Mother Lily and the Mail-Order Groom
Tu Ben the Actor
You Must Live
Unsettled
The Story of an Actress
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Notes on Translators