Category Chinese

“Written in Exile: The Poetry of Liu Tsung-Yuan,” Translated from Chinese by Red Pine

By Heather Lang-Cassera Liu Tsung-Yuan has long been acknowledged as one of the most accomplished prose writers of the T’ang Dynasty. However, his excellent poetry was set aside for a time in China—largely because, relative to his prose, he wrote little of it—and it has been wildly under-translated into English. Fortunately, renowned translator Red Pine, […]

The Secret Lives of Women: Can Xue’s “Love in the New Millennium,” Translated from Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen

By Ursula Deser Friedman She is one of China’s most prominent novelists and a champion of experimental literature. Can Xue (残雪) is the pen name of the avant-garde writer and literary critic Deng Xiaohua (1953-). In Chinese, can xue means “residual snow,” a phrase describing, in Deng’s words, both “the dirty snow that refuses to […]