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Fortress Besieged

Fortress Besieged


QIAN Zhongshu 钱钟书 (Author)

People's Literature Publishing House, 2013
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Fortress Besieged is written by the famous Chinese scholar and writer. It has been recognized as one of the important academic and literary classic works.The greatest Chinese novel of the twentieth century, Fortress Besieged is a classic of world literature, a masterpiece of parodic fiction that plays with Western literary traditions, philosophy, and middle-class Chinese society in the Republican era. Set on the eve of the Sino-Japanese War, our hapless hero Fang Hung-chien (á la Emma Bovary), with no particular goal in life and with a bogus degree from a fake American university in hand, returns home to Shanghai. On the French liner home, he meets two Chinese beauties, Miss Su and Miss Pao. Qian writes, 'With Miss Pao it wasn't a matter of heart or soul. She hadn't any change of heart, since she didn't have a heart.' In a sort of painful comedy, Fang obtains a teaching post at a newly established university where the effete pseudo-intellectuals he encounters in academia become the butt of Qian's merciless satire. Soon Fang is trapped into a marriage of Nabokovian proportions of distress and absurdity. Recalling Fielding's Tom Jones in its farcical litany of misadventures and Flaubert's 'style indirect libre,' Fortress Besieged is its own unique feast of delights.
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ISBN: 9787020098095
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 377
Sizes: 208x146mm
Publication: 1/2013
Weight: 438g

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