Six long stories, all written in the 1980s by a vigorously engagÆ’ Chinese writer who bluntly renders the inequities of a...

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SNAKE'S PILLOW and Other Stories

Six long stories, all written in the 1980s by a vigorously engagÆ’ Chinese writer who bluntly renders the inequities of a tradition-bound culture indifferent to the rights of women and of the Cultural Revolution's persecution of city dwellers sent to peasant villages for ""rustification."" Though they share such agendas, Zhu Lin's vivid stories display an impressive variety of tones and styles, ranging from the harsh realism of ""The Festival of Graves"" (in which a woman is forced, for political reasons, to undergo a late-term abortion) to the buoyant comedy of ""Flap-Eared Hulk and His Bobtail Dog"" to the suggestive allegory of the legend-like, delicate title piece. A distinguished work from a very accomplished contemporary.

Pub Date: March 15, 1998

ISBN: 0824815491

Page Count: 232

Publisher: Univ. of Hawaii

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1998