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Author Li, Yongping, 1947-
Title Jiling chun qiu. English
Retribution : the Jiling Chronicles / Li Yung-p'ing ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2003]

Author Li, Yongping, 1947-
Series Modern Chinese literature from Taiwan
Modern Chinese literature from Taiwan.
Subject Rape -- Fiction.
China -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Alt Name Goldblatt, Howard, 1939-
Lin, Sylvia Li-chun,
Add Title Jiling Chronicles
Description 1 online resource (246 pages).
Contents Book 1. White Dress -- Book 2. Empty Doors -- Book 3. Chaos in Heaven -- Book 4. Raining Flowers.
Summary Retribution opens with the raucous festivities surrounding the annual procession to honor the Bodhisattva Guanyin. Changsheng, the young wife of the local coffin maker Liu Laoshi, is raped while making an offering to Guanyin in the hope of increasing her chances of bearing a son. Changsheng hangs herself following the encounter, and Liu Laoshi exacts bloody vengeance on the rapist's own wife and favorite prostitute. This act of sexual violence and its retribution provide the narrative pivot around which is woven a web of interconnecting stories, whose characters and events provide divergent perspectives on the rape and its aftermath. The result is an unforgettable exploration of the intersections of sexual desire, sadism, folk belief, and the inexorable cycles of karmic retribution.-- Provided by publisher.
Note Li Yung-p'ing is a Chinese Malaysian writer and one of Taiwan's best-known and most controversial novelists. His other works include Haidong Qing and Zhu Ling's Wanderings in the Wonderland. Howard Goldblatt is professor of Chinese literature at the University of Notre Dame. He is translator of The Taste of Apples (Columbia, 2001) and co-editor of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature (Columbia, 1996). Sylvia Li-chun Lin is assistant professor of East Asian languages and literature at Notre Dame. Together they have translated Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man and Alai's Red Poppies.
Print version record.
ISBN 9780231508926 (electronic book)
0231508921 (electronic book)
0231128746 (cloth)
9780231128742 (cloth)
Publisher # EB00639403 Recorded Books
OCLC # 213304811
Additional Format Print version: Li, Yongping, 1947- Jiling chun qiu. English. Retribution. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2003 0231128746 (DLC) 2002191188 (OCoLC)50906334

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