Yu Hua conceived this book of essays on China from a writer s perspective while preparing for a lecture on the topic of A Writer s China in March 2009 at Pomona College The content soon became a collection of China in its dynamic transition Allan Barr, Pomona College Professor of Asian Studies comments, rtly auto biographical, it s a commentary on social issues inYu Hua conceived this book of essays on China from a writer s perspective while preparing for a lecture on the topic of A Writer s China in March 2009 at Pomona College The content soon became a collection of China in its dynamic transition Allan Barr, Pomona College Professor of Asian Studies comments, rtly auto biographical, it s a commentary on social issues in China Barr is in the process of translating the book into English German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean translations are in the work and the French edition titled La Chine en dix mots is published 9 2010 Due to potential censorship of the content s overtone, this book will not be published in China In Chinese Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Yu Hua conceived this book of essays on China from a writer s perspective while preparing for a lecture on the topic of A Writer s China in March at Pomona College The content soon became a colle

  • Title: 十個詞彙裡的中國
  • Author: Yu Hua 余華
  • ISBN: 9789861204772
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “十個詞彙裡的中國”

    1. A remarkable collection of personal and cultural essays, framed around 10 Chinese words: People, Leader, Reading, Writing, Lu Xun, Revolution, Disparity, Grassroots, Copycat, and Bamboozle. Yu has a distinct voice, and his wit, satire, and humor come across in translation. He recounts stories from his own childhood during the Cultural Revolution, his career as dentist/doctor in rural regions, and his perspective on the rise of China on the world stage over the last 30 years. Reading and Writing [...]

    2. 3.5 stars. After living in rural China for a few years I lost interest in taking any look (intimate or otherwise) at the Chinese experience. I'm still not very motivated to read about the Great Leap Forward or the Cultural Revolution or anything that followed. I exhausted my interestor at least I thought. Hua's book is really pretty great, especially for readers who aren't very familiar with recent Chinese history. Hua's lived through it all and has a great talent for essay construction. The bes [...]

    3. 人民 - 領袖 - 阅读 - 写作 - 鲁迅 - 革命 - 差距 - 草根 - 山寨 - 忽悠People - Leader - Reading - Writing - Lu Xun - Revolution - Difference/Disparity - Grassroots - Shanzhai/knockoff - Deceive/BamboozleYu Hua, a Chinese fiction author, takes on the momentous task of framing his nation in ten words. His own life parallels the course of his own nation, from chanting crowds, and the Little Red Book (PEOPLE - LEADER) and the sudden jolt into the frenzied race of modern neo-liberal [...]

    4. This is a truly remarkable book for its depth of feeling, simplicity, humour and elegance. I can say without hyperbole is one of the most memorable I've ever picked up. As the title suggests, the author uses 10 words to describe China as he's experienced it in his life; and through this he paints an enthralling picture of a country travelling the path of upheaval and revolution to its present state.Through words like "People", "Reading", "Copycat", the author provides vignettes of his own life e [...]

    5. Much of the book will be familiar to anyone who pays attention to China, but Yu Hua has a knack for choosing *just* the right anecdotes to illustrate his points -- and doing so with an economy and directness missing from his most recent novel, 'Brothers.' He's back on form here, and is very well served by Allan H. Barr's excellent translation. Anyone with an interest in contemporary China will want to read this -- and to recommend it to any friends or family members looking to get up to speed qu [...]

    6. I'll admit to being something of China geek. I try to keep up with whatever is being published about this fascinating country and culture. Yu Hua's book is one of my favorite recent finds. His book consists of ten essays based on ten words that he considers relevant to contemporary China. The essays are partly memoir, partly history, and partly social commentary. His childhood and teenage remembrances of China during the Cultural Revolution are especially helpful to understanding how it is that [...]

    7. philadelphiareviewofbooks/I must make a disclaimer. I am out of my depth. I know very little of China. The people. The politics. The economy. The history. I have only the most cursory knowledge of any of it. I know Mao. Or at least I know that no one seems to agree whether he should be on the same historical shelf as Hitler and Stalin or Marx and Trotsky. (Hopefully those distinctions are meaningful for all.)I’ve met some emigrants, chatted with them about how uncomfortable they are with their [...]

    8. "In the political context of 1989, for a government leader to be hospitalized could mean only that he had lost power or that he had gone into hiding. Everyone immediately understood the implications.""What other political figure would make a point of waving to his people in a swimsuit? Only Mao could carry this off.""Leadership contests even extend to geography and technology, so that now we have leaders in natural scenery and leaders among elevators.""Many Chinese have begun to pine for the era [...]

    9. I read this book because I am preparing myself to read Vogel's long biography of Deng Xiaopeng. It is a series of essays on modern China by a popular Chinese fiction writer who grew up during the Cultural Revolution and grew in stature during the period of economic reform under Deng. The author takes ten words (including a Chinese author of renown) and then presents an essay based on the word to explain how China has developed in the last 50 years. The words focus on ideas/concepts that meant on [...]

    10. I picked up this book before leaving for a Mandarin immersion program in southern China, in order to get some historical and cultural context on the country I would be living in. Not only do Yu's essays provide remarkably keen observations on how China's history (particularly the Cultural Revolution) resonate today, it's worth reading simply for its compelling writing style. In each of 10 essays about Chinese society, Yu starts with a seemingly innocuous observation and persuasively explains it [...]

    11. As someone who does not know much about China, this was an eye-opener for me. Yu Hua does a very interesting analysis of contemporary China through a series of ten essays that are filled with personal anecdotes and comparisons with the cultural revolution. I liked it so much that I feel compelled to check out his work in fiction.

    12. bc the word 'bamboozle' entered my daily lexicon via doggo memes rather than via this book of Essays every time he said 忽悠 (hu1you1, "bamboozle") i said in my head: "hecking bamboozle" and I guess that kind of undercut the enormity of the phenom a lil bit

    13. If you have any interest in Chinese culture, language, literature, history, or politics -- read this now! An insightful, elucidating page-turner; a collection of ten incredible essays. A translation THIS good? An absolute marvel! Cheers to Yu Hua, you are brilliant. You have earned my deep respect, Mr. Hua, as well as your translator Allan H. Barr.

    14. Үй Хуа зохиолч бидний "доторлож" чаддаггүй хятад орны тухай 2009 онд бичсэн нь өнөөдөр ч хүчтэй хэвээр байна

    15. در این کتاب با مجموعه‌ای از جُستارها به سبکِ خاطره‌نگاری مواجهیم که سویه‌ی غالب در آنها بازخوانیِ خاطرات و مشاهداتِ نویسنده از جامعه‌ی چین است.عاملِ وحدت‌بخشِ مطالب، کاوش در ابعاد و تحولِ همان 10 واژه یا مفهومی‌ست که نام‌بخشِ فصولِ کتاب هستند:\خلق، رهبر، خواندن، نوشتن، ل [...]

    16. Yu Huas Konzentration auf zehn chinesische Begriffe ist ein Hingucker - und sie irritiert auf den ersten Blick durch die ungewöhnlich Auswahl der Wörter. Nicht "Liebe", "Drache" oder "Reich der Mitte", Yu Hua betitelt seine biografischen Notizen u. a. mit "Unterschied", "Graswurzeln" und "Gebirgsdorf". Der chinesische Autor sieht seine 2009 entstandenen Texte als Ergänzung zu seinem Roman Brüder (2009). Dieser Roman sei aus dem Zusammenprall zweier Epochen entstanden, die sich in Europa übe [...]

    17. As one who came of age in China during the Cultural Revolution, Yu Hua is well situated to compare and contrast Chinese communism and the capitalism-run-amok of the present, a system which is so awful in some respects that many Chinese have become nostalgic for the days of Mao. Using words like "people" and "revolution" as starting points, he tells stories about his experiences then and now, creating a colorful picture of the last 50 years in China.The words are simple and direct and contain bot [...]

    18. A fascinating, highly readable book, well-written and superbly translated.It uses ten common Chinese words to characterize modern China. Having been to China first in the early 80's, before it took the Capitalist road, I found it deeply shocking.There is a pervasive sense of greed gone rampant, and a vulgarity that I find hard to believe. The society seems to have swung wildly from the repression and enforced conformity of the Cultural Revolution to a wild capitalism that gives laissez-faire a b [...]

    19. Yu's first non-fiction book is a succinct and insightful collection of memoirs and observations. He reveals that his direct, unpretentious style owes something to having started writing when his knowledge of Chinese characters was limited - I can relate to that, if not his gripping vignettes of life as a child amid the Cultural Revolution. I'd like to read something else by a younger author as well; for most of China's youth, the Cultural Revolution that shaped Yu and his generation is mere hist [...]

    20. I don't really have a good shelf for this book. As others have mentioned, it's a series of ten essays by the author Yu Hua, each centered around a word that he feels is instrumental in shaping contemporary Chinese culture. In each essay, he relates these words to recent Chinese history (in particular, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution) and his own personal experiences.It makes for quick, engaging and eye-opening reading, particularly as someone who has a cursory education in mod [...]

    21. I like Yu Hua's simple prose style quite a bit and have enjoyed his novels previously and so this made for a thoroughly interesting (albeit quite brief) memoir of his life, and his take on the changes in China throughout his life (in the last 50 or so years) or at least seen through the prism of his experience first as a student, later as a country dentist, and eventually as a respected author.China is a complex issue for sure, so I might not recommend this as a starting point to understand the [...]

    22. A delightfully witty collection of 10 sharply delivered non-fiction essays by one of the Mainland's favorite novellists. Yu Hua connects the spirit of the Cultural Revolution with that of modern China in a way few outside observers could manage. Touchingly personal, sometimes to the point of embarrassment, always insightful and occasionally laugh-out-loud amusing (not an easy thing to pull off when recalling the Cultural Revolution). Published in Taiwan and the U.S likely a best seller at the Ho [...]

    23. An interesting take on looking at changes in the lifetime of the author. His school years match up fairly well with the years of the Cultural Revolution, and he chooses 10 words that have changed meaning between his childhood and now. It might be interesting to look at American culture and language in the same time period the same way.

    24. << Si può dire che la Cina di oggi sia un paese con enormi disparità, è come se ci muovessimo in una realtà di luci rosse e sfarzo da una parte e macerie e rovine dall’altra. Per dirla altrimenti, è come se fossimo seduti in un teatro bizzarro dove, contemporaneamente, vanno in scena una commedia su una metà del palco e una tragedia sull’altra.>>

    25. Maybe it's the form I appreciate most in this text: a brilliant interplay of personal and national history said in as few words as possible. There is a beauty to the simple plain strength of this construction.

    26. The author uses Chinese words at the start of each chapter to describe his life in China. My favorite was when he decided to be a writer instead of his assigned job as a dentist (tooth puller) because jobs at the cultural center were perceived to be leisurely.

    27. I haven't read any of Hua Yu's fiction, and this reads much more as a memoir. It's a catalog of China's (often appalling) absurdities -- corruption, propaganda, widespread lies. The chapter on "bamboozling" is probably best.

    28. An exceedingly readable, informative, and even entertaining introduction to contemporary Chinese culture. Hua effortlessly switches between his personal memories and broader history, explaining just enough of each to satisfy casual readers (such as yours truly).

    29. This collection of biographical essays are very enlightening on the state of Modern China and how it is the influence of the Cultural Revolution all over again. The writing is a testament of author's prowess and humor.

    30. Provides interesting insights into Chinese culture and addresses reasons behind their world view. Really enjoyed this bookeasy to read too!

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