Virtual Lotus Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 4/8/2002
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Clean, Clear Water|
|An Unanswerable Question|
|Just a Human Being|
|A Khmer Policeman's Story: A Goddamn Rich Man of the New Era|
|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|
|A Bar at the Edge of a Cemetery|
|The Kling-Kling Woman|
|Dance of the Bees|
|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 Music Child|
|The Mayor of the Roses|
|Mother Lily and the Mail-Order Groom|
|Tu Ben the Actor|
|You Must Live|
|The Story of an Actress|
|Notes on Translators|