[Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong

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Characters Maiao cidian Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read Free read Å Maiao cidian 107 From the daring imagination of one of China’s greatest living novelists comes a work of startling power and originality–the story of a young man “displaced” to a small village in rural China during the 1960s Told in the format of a dictionary with a series of vignettes disguised as entries A Dictionary of Maiao is a novel of bold invention–and a fascinating comic d. Having a sense of humour doesn t mean being able to tell jokes Humour is the ability to play with the expected Which is never apparent than when authority tries to tell people what to thinkIn 1970 the young intellectual student Han Shaogong was sent to the tiny village of Maiao where not much has changed since the emperor s days But this was the cultural revolution and everything was to be made new city dwelling weaklings would become good workers and in the process help turn the farmers into good socialists So when he s not working the fields or the mountains Han gets to teach the farmers to recite Mao uotes in proper modern Chinese But of course to do that he first needs to understand their dialect which isn t easy you d think the whole village was speaking backwards Awake means stupid expensive means young respect means punish hick means city boy democracy means chaos woops sorry some of those are modern Chinese But anyway25 years later Han has grown to an accomplished novelist and puts together this fiction about life in Maiao any similarity between that name and Macondo is surely a coincidence before during and after his visit in a form he s borrowed from Kundera s The Unbearable Lightness of Being A dictionary of the Maiao dialect where every chapter heading is a different word he needs to explain at once making up a part of the ongoing story and an explanation for why that particular word has that particular meaning in this particular place And of course he doesn t present it all in alphabetical order like a proper dictionary alphabets especially the Chinese one where words can be spelled several different ways each of which gives them a different meaning are arbitrary after all So instead he arranges them in a different order to tell a very entertaining story of the people who make up the village full of serious gallows humour and with an amazing cast of characters none of which seem to fit neatly into the categories his standardised Maoist vocabulary tells him they belong to And 25 years later as a Chinese intellectual with his head full of Western books he can t help but draw parallels between his outsider status then and the different but similar one he faces today In 1986 I visited an artists colony in Virginia USA that is a center for artistic creation The word colony kept making me uncomfortable Only later did I realize that many Westerners in countries that used to have a large number of colonies don t associate the word with murder fires rape plunder opium smuggling and other things that the people in former colonies think about when they hear it To them the colony is an outpost for the noble a field camp for heroessays the man who was sent to the countryside to teach them how to think in a new age All words all concepts mean different things depending on by whom when where and how they re spoken What starts in a small village in inner China becomes a cross section of the world where battles are increasingly fought with words and ideologies rather than brute force defeating someone is one thing changing their minds is another even Mao knew that And as burlesue angry sentimental or hilarious the stories of the hicks sorry that word doesn t work here in Maiao get the subtext of how we control and are controlled by language runs through everything in a way that s both very similar to and completely different from what a writer like Herta M ller does Orwell was wrong Big Brother s doublethink will always through usage be knowingly or accidentally subverted into triplethinkA Dictionary of Maiao as a deconstruction of the idea of ideological revolution whether Maoist or capitalist imposed from outside knows better than to offer simple problems or solutions Instead Han creates a very entertaining chronicle where both the characters and the underlying themes float like a river of rice gruel blood sweat and shit always leaving new layers of sediment and breaking through every attempt to dam it yet always clear enough to see the bottom and calm enough to reflect the person reading it

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Characters Maiao cidian Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read Free read Å Maiao cidian 107 Eeply moving journey through the dark heart of the Cultural RevolutionEntries trace the wisdom and absurdities of Maiao the petty suabbles family grudges poverty infidelities fantasies lunatics bullies superstitions and especially the odd logic in their use of language–where the word for “beginning” is the same as the word for “end”; “little big brother” means. Han Shaogong s A Dictionary of Maiao originally published in Chinese in 1996 and translated into English by Julia Lovell in 2006 is not only the best novel I ve read in the last few years but also an absolute miracle of translation The translator had great admiration for the book and approached the author for permission to translate it into English She relates his response as I am very happy that you wish to translate the book but I m afraid it will be terribly difficult She was not sure exactly why he thought it would be terribly difficult but an obvious reason is that it is a book about language and not simply language but non standard language Specifically it s about the language of Maiao a village in northern Hunan that differs from standard Chinese Putonghua Mandarin not only in vocabulary and pronunciation but also in worldview The book takes the form of a journal written by an educated youth sent to the country to work with peasants in the latter part of the Cultural Revolution something that Han experienced directly but it s organized into a dictionary of dialect words used in the area he moved to that is Maiao The author explains the origin of the words as best he can and gives examples of situations where they are actually used which are effectively vignettes of Maiao life But he doesn t stop there Rather he goes on to use the words he s introduced in accounts of other words that is in other vignettes similarly to the way a language textbook will introduce some new vocabulary items in some chapter and then use them periodically in later chapters You might imagine that the author is simply peppering the speech of his characters with dialog words to add local color but this is not the case The journalistnarrator uses the words himself sparingly but pointedly as if it is only by using Maiao words that he can properly describe what he sees and feels in Maiao And the words aren t just any words dialect or not they re words that one way or add to or go beyond normal language like streetsickness which refers to the visceral disorientation that country people feel when they visit large cities or scattered which means dead but not necessarily totally gone Dictionary of Maiao is definitely about language but it s also about culture and human nature It reminded me apart from its special interest on language of another one of my favorite books Yang Kwi ja s A Distant and Beautiful Place original title The People of Wonmi dong Both share episodic structure focus on a single place remote from the outside world but impacted by it distinctive characters who are observed over time and finally a warm appreciation of ordinary people complete with their faults and foibles But where Yang s books stays anchored in the world it describes Han s rises above its world and explores modestly but incisively deep philosophical uestions as to the nature of language culture and the human condition I give Dictionary of Maiao two sets of five stars one going to the author for a great book and the other to the translator for a great translation The Seraphim Seuence The Fifth Column #2 infidelities fantasies lunatics bullies superstitions and especially the odd logic American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House in their use of language–where the word for “beginning” Pheme the Gossip Goddess Girls #10 is the same as the word for “end”; “little big brother” means. Han Shaogong s A Dictionary of Maiao originally published Der Zauberlehrling in Chinese The Royal House of Cacciatore Bundle in 1996 and translated Inchon to Wonsan From the Deck of a Destroyer in the Korean War into English by Julia Lovell Book O Hats in 2006 Chronexia and the Eight Seals is not only the best novel I ve read Ordinary Medicine in the last few years but also an absolute miracle of translation The translator had great admiration for the book and approached the author for permission to translate Raku it The Borden Murders into English She relates his response as I am very happy that you wish to translate the book but I m afraid Записки сумасшедшего it will be terribly difficult She was not sure exactly why he thought Dear John it would be terribly difficult but an obvious reason Leon und Mick is that Meer und Mechanik it Angstspiel is a book about language and not simply language but non standard language Specifically Daddys Invisible Condom it s about the language of Maiao a village Moby Dickhead in northern Hunan that differs from standard Chinese Putonghua Mandarin not only Bokura no Koi wa Shi ni Itaru Yamai no You de Vol 1 in vocabulary and pronunciation but also Moon Over Marrakech in worldview The book takes the form of a journal written by an educated youth sent to the country to work with peasants A Twist Of Love in the latter part of the Cultural Revolution something that Han experienced directly but Die unehrliche Geliebte it s organized TOMBSTONES WITHOUT A TOMB Korea’s ueen Sindeok from Goryeo into the Twenty first century into a dictionary of dialect words used Vonarstræti in the area he moved to that Papa Why Does the Wind Blow? is Maiao The author explains the origin of the words as best he can and gives examples of situations where they are actually used which are effectively vignettes of Maiao life But he doesn t stop there Rather he goes on to use the words he s Betty Crocker Decorating Cakes and Cupcakes Betty Crocker Books introduced Toujours Plus in accounts of other words that Скучная история is Cloning Miranda in other vignettes similarly to the way a language textbook will 未来日記 12 introduce some new vocabulary Getsemaní En oración con Jesucristo items Stalking The Vietcong Inside Operation Phoenix A Personal Account in some chapter and then use them periodically Viewfinder Series in later chapters You might The Distant Dead imagine that the author Marine The Life Of Chesty Puller is simply peppering the speech of his characters with dialog words to add local color but this Hagakure The Book of the Samurai is not the case The journalistnarrator uses the words himself sparingly but pointedly as Endal How One Extraordinary Dog Brought a Family Back from the Brink if Vaccines: A Reappraisal it Precolonial African History AHA pamphlets is only by using Maiao words that he can properly describe what he sees and feels The Sitar in Maiao And the words aren t just any words dialect or not they re words that one way or add to or go beyond normal language like streetsickness which refers to the visceral disorientation that country people feel when they visit large cities or scattered which means dead but not necessarily totally gone Dictionary of Maiao Blackout Das Live Programm is definitely about language but Salvation it s also about culture and human nature It reminded me apart from Midnight at Marts Weather Warden 325 its special The Rose in the Wheel interest on language of another one of my favorite books Yang Kwi ja s A Distant and Beautiful Place original title The People of Wonmi dong Both share episodic structure focus on a single place remote from the outside world but Christmas Roses impacted by עד מוות it distinctive characters who are observed over time and finally a warm appreciation of ordinary people complete with their faults and foibles But where Yang s books stays anchored Ioh Keppleri Mathematici Olim Imperatorii Somnium seu Opus Posthumum de Astronomia Lvnari in the world Fun Facts about Jewelry it describes Han s rises above Terrordrom its world and explores modestly but Consumed By Moonlight incisively deep philosophical uestions as to the nature of language culture and the human condition I give Dictionary of Maiao two sets of five stars one going to the author for a great book and the other to the translator for a great translation

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Characters Maiao cidian Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read Free read Å Maiao cidian 107 Older sister; to be “scientific” means to be lazy; and “streetsickness” is a disease afflicting villagers visiting urban areas Filled with colorful characters–from a weeping ox to a man so poisonous that snakes die when they bite him– A Dictionary of Maiao is both an important work of Chinese literature and a probing inuiry into the extraordinary power of languag. During the Cultural Revolution Han Shaogong was one of seven Educated Youth sent to the hamlet of Maiao in northern Hunan which consisted of forty odd households about ten head of cattle and pigs dogs chickens and ducks with two long narrow paddy fields hugging its perimeters His observations of people and customs and language during the six years he spent there form the basis for his novel A Dictionary of MaiaoThis takes the ostensible form of a dictionary or encyclopedia with over a hundred entries named after Maiao terms or idioms the prologue claims these were originally in alphabetical order but in fact they follow each other in a logical seuence and are much closer to short stories than reference materialThe vignettes and stories in A Dictionary of Maiao jump around chronologically most are set during the narrator s time in Maiao but there are also episodes from a return visit many years later and from meetings with Maiao residents elsewhere as well as the explorations of earlier history The narratorial perspective also changes there are pieces in the third person but in others the narrator intrudes through first person presence or commentary and in some he plays a central roleDespite its pointillist rendering and lack of a central plot The Dictionary of Maiao is an effective novel It is centred by the community of Maiao following key individuals within it the relationships between them and the working out of their stories over a span of decades Twenty or figures feature prominently Party Branch secretary Benyi his wife Tiexiang daughter of beggar king Nine Pockets the stonemason Zhihuang and his ox Three Hairs landlord s son and traitor to the Chinese Yanzao and his poison woman grandmother and younger brother Yanwu the ascetic dropout Daoist Immortals and many Shaogong devotes several entries to Maiao s place in the historical record going back into deep history and myth More recent times are remembered by the villagers the warlord period the bandit leader Ma Wenjie and the events in 1948 when the communists took control but these are subject to different and changing interpretations A Dictionary of Maiao doesn t focus on politics however The effects of the Cultural Revolution and the sending of urban elites into the countryside are depicted rather than described and comments on bureaucracy Western stereotypes of Chinese politics and so forth are mostly incidentalSociolinguistics provides the strongest recurrent theme Shaogong explores the way language and in particular lexical choice marks social status moulds the way people think and reflects the forms of social control He never succumbs however to the lure of a naive linguistic determinism And he highlights the ways in which Maiao dialect diverges from standard Mandarin a translator s note mentions that five entries were omitted because they were dependent on untranslatable puns A Dictionary of Maiao is not an ethnography with stories that have been selected and uite likely exaggerated for effect But it is a powerful demonstration of just how different a remote rural village can be or for the Western audience of this translation of the diversity of ChinaA Dictionary of Maiao is skillfully arranged to provide motive force with far momentum than a collection of short stories And despite the sometimes dark subject material its overall tone is light with some detachment provided by the framing The result is a gripping read


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    [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong Where to even start with this? Who knew books like this even existed? First how many Chinese novels have you read and I ain't talking about those overseas Chinese novels about how they can't truly connect with their grandparents for starters despite the fact that nearly 20 percent of humanity identifies as Chinese in some meaningful way Now let's look at how fucking insane the structure of this book is a dizzying collage

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    Free download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ã Han Shaogong [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong Having a sense of humour doesn't mean being able to tell jokes Humour is the ability to play with the expected Which is never apparent than when authority tries to tell people what to thinkIn 1970 the young intellectual st

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    Characters Maiao cidian Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong Traditional storytelling overwhelming experimental fictionA Dictionary of Maiao is a 1996 Chinese novel about a fictional village in the south of China It takes the form of a dictionary which is an unusual gambit f

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    [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read Characters Maiao cidian This was such a uniue book; part novel part short story collection part memoir part treatise on language and culture The author was one of the Educated Youth relocated to the countryside specifically the village of Maiao in the 1950's as part of Mao's Cultural Revolution The author presents his somewhat fictionalized experiences in Maiao as vignettes each revolving around a particular word name or phrase from

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    Free download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ã Han Shaogong [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong Han Shaogong’s A Dictionary of Maiao originally published in Chinese in 1996 and translated into English by Julia Lovell in 2006 is not only the best novel I’ve read in the last few years but also an absolute miracle of translation The translator had great admiration for the book and approached the author for permission to translate it into English She relates his response as “I am very happy that you w

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    [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong This book is an involving vivid occasionally funny portrait of a rural village told in the form of a dictionary Each entry has the definition of a word from the local Maiao dialect and with it a new chapter of the story is told Aside from an entertaining story the book is two things; an example of how Chinese village life is timeless no matter what political maelstrom is raging outside and secondly a lamentat

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    [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read During the Cultural Revolution Han Shaogong was one of seven Educated Youth sent to the hamlet of Maiao in northern Hunan which consis

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    Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read Free download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ã Han Shaogong Characters Maiao cidian An interesting book this When I discovered it the immediate comparison that came to mind was with the Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavić Ultimately though outside of the main structural conceit eschewing a conventional linear plot in favor of short interconnecting dictionary entries the connections are limited In Han's fictionalized dictionary it's unclear to me where the line is between the fiction and the reality to

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    Free download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ã Han Shaogong Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read Characters Maiao cidian This is one of the many books I chose based on the title; I was not disapponted A Dictionary of Maiao is a novel about a fictional village in rural China and the ways in which the people used language to resist transgress and mock the current political climate The backdrop is the Down to the Countryside Movement which was

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    [Maiao cidian] E–pub ´ Han Shaogong Han Shaogong ã 7 Free read Characters Maiao cidian It was very beautifully written and the story got richer and better the I read It has deepened my understanding of chinese society and even though the stories are fictional I think they can represent lives that have and are lived Having that said the plot didn't really pull me in and even though it was beautiful I felt my mind wander after reading for a while so it took long to finish

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  • Paperback
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  • Maiao cidian
  • Han Shaogong
  • English
  • 10 February 2020
  • 9780385339353