Wintry Night (Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan)

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An epic spanning more than half a century of Taiwan's history, this breathtaking historical novel traces the fortunes of the Pengs, a family of Hakka Chinese settlers, across three generations from the 1890s, just before Taiwan was ceded to Japan as a result of the Sino-Japanese war, through World War II. Li Qiao brilliantly re-creates the dramatic world of these pioneers―and the colonization of Taiwan itself―exploring their relationships with the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan and their struggle to establish their own ethnic and political identities.

This carefully researched work of fiction draws upon Li's own experiences and family history, as well as oral and written histories of the era. Originally published in Chinese as a trilogy, this newly translated edition is an abridgement for English-speaking readers and marks the work's first appearance in the English-speaking world. It was well-received in Taiwan as an honest―and influential―recreation of Taiwan's history before the relocation of the Republic of China from the mainland to Taiwan.

Because Li's saga is so deeply imbued with the unique culture and complex history of Taiwan, an introduction explaining the cultural and historical background of the novel is included to help orient the reader to this amazingly rich cultural context. This informative introduction and the sweeping saga of the novel itself together provide an important view of Taiwan's little known colonial experience.

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Li Qiao has been one of Taiwan's most famous and prolific writers for the past forty years. He wrote his monumental saga, Wintry Night, over five years from 1975 to 1980.

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This abridged translation of Li's original three-volume saga consisting of Wintry Night, Deserted Village, and Lone Lamp introduces English-language readers to one of Taiwan's most prolific authors. Balcom's introduction explains that the second volume has been completely left out of this translation. This historical novel, which took Li over half a decade to complete, is the story of the Peng family in rural Taiwan. Beginning in 1890 with patriarch Peng Aqiang, his wife Lanmei, their family of four sons and two daughters (along with their wives, husbands and children), and foster daughter Dengmei, the novel follows the migration of this extended family to the region of Fanzai Wood, where the majority of the first half of this work takes place. The family works the land as farmers, and the novel tracks their growth and progress up through the time of the Japanese occupation in 1945. Dengmei's youngest son Liu Mingji is the focal point in the latter half of the novel, which concentrates on his services in the war effort in the Philippines. Overall, this book presents its share of challenges. For instance, because numerous characters share similar surnames, general readers may find it difficult to keep them straight without pen and paper in hand. Also, the depictions of Li's main characters are not particularly strong, and there is little to bond the reader to them. However, the book has been well-received in Taiwan for its historical value, and Li has taken great care to denote the historical detail. One can only wonder whether this work would have been stronger had it been translated in its entirety. Academic and public libraries with Asian history collections and public libraries serving large Taiwanese communities will want to take note. Shirley N. Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Santa Ana, CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Descrizione libro Columbia University Press, United States, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Revised ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. An epic spanning more than half a century of Taiwan s history, this breathtaking historical novel traces the fortunes of the Pengs, a family of Hakka Chinese settlers, across three generations from the 1890s, just before Taiwan was ceded to Japan as a result of the Sino-Japanese war, through World War II. Li Qiao brilliantly re-creates the dramatic world of these pioneers-and the colonization of Taiwan itself-exploring their relationships with the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan and their struggle to establish their own ethnic and political identities.This carefully researched work of fiction draws upon Li s own experiences and family history, as well as oral and written histories of the era. Originally published in Chinese as a trilogy, this newly translated edition is an abridgement for English-speaking readers and marks the work s first appearance in the English-speaking world. It was well-received in Taiwan as an honest-and influential-recreation of Taiwan s history before the relocation of the Republic of China from the mainland to Taiwan.Because Li s saga is so deeply imbued with the unique culture and complex history of Taiwan, an introduction explaining the cultural and historical background of the novel is included to help orient the reader to this amazingly rich cultural context. This informative introduction and the sweeping saga of the novel itself together provide an important view of Taiwan s little known colonial experience. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780231122016

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Descrizione libro Columbia University Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Paperback. 304 pages. Dimensions: 8.8in. x 5.9in. x 0.7in.An epic spanning more than half a century of Taiwans history, this breathtaking historical novel traces the fortunes of the Pengs, a family of Hakka Chinese settlers, across three generations from the 1890s, just before Taiwan was ceded to Japan as a result of the Sino-Japanese war, through World War II. Li Qiao brilliantly re-creates the dramatic world of these pioneers -- and the colonization of Taiwan itself -- exploring their relationships with the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan and their struggle to establish their own ethnic and political identities. This carefully researched work of fiction draws upon Lis own experiences and family history, as well as oral and written histories of the era. Originally published in Chinese as a trilogy, this newly translated edition is an abridgement for English-speaking readers and marks the works first appearance in the English-speaking world. It was well-received in Taiwan as an honest -- and influential -- recreation of Taiwans history before the relocation of the Republic of China from the mainland to Taiwan. Because Lis saga is so deeply imbued with the unique culture and complex history of Taiwan, an introduction explaining the cultural and historical background of the novel is included to help orient the reader to this amazingly rich cultural context. This informative introduction and the sweeping saga of the novel itself together provide an important view of Taiwans little known colonial experience. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Codice libro della libreria 9780231122016

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