Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories

Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories

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qWith unadorned prose and utmost compassion, Qi portrays a range of characters beset by fortune and misfortune . . . Red Guard Fantasies offer glimpses of How to Be Chinese, now that instructions from the Little Red Book no longer apply.q-Gloria Frym, author of Distance No Object Take a wild ride through contemporary Chinese society, which continues to accelerate at a blistering, unrestrained pace decades after the end of the Cultural Revolution. Red Guard Fantasies blazes a new trail in contemporary literature by forcing a reconciliation between China's new urban sensibility and its centuries of tradition. The results are certainly not predictable. Shouhua Qi's stories are witty, poignant, absurd, and shocking. Part autobiographical, they offer a masterful depiction of the myriad world of jaded entrepreneurs, overzealous cops, karaoke addicts, dog lovers, liberated coeds, and frustrated urbanites who move in and out of China's colorful neon-lit cities and dusty rural villages, transitioning from one world to the other.Shouhua Qi shows a China that is both superficial and plastic, as well as profoundly righteous and moralistic. He offers a powerful look at a society hanging on for dear life as it continues to shape its own culture at breakneck speed while holding on to its traditions lest they be buried or a skyscraper built upon them.More than anything, Red Guard Fantasies is a deeply personal and powerfully moving elegy for China's lost generation. Shouhua Qi was born in Nanjing, China. He is associate professor of English at Western Connecticut State University.He seemed quite at home here. Black and white tile floor, a frosted glass ceiling light in the living room, a cream leather couch against the wall on the immediate right, the new metallic-silver Sony digital home theater system nestling in theanbsp;...

Title:Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories
Author:Shouhua Qi
Publisher:LONG RIVER PRESS - 2007-01


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