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  • The True Story of Lu Xun

The True Story of Lu Xun

David E. Pollard

English , 2002/04 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Biography, Literature

213 x 140 mm , 272pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-962-996-060-5

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This is the first independent, full-life biography of Lu Xun, the most celebrated Chinese writer of the twentieth century, in any European language. It sets aside all the propaganda that has accrued over the sixty-six years since his death, and presents him as a credible human being, neither aggrandized nor belittled. While taking on board the findings of the most recent research on Lu Xun's life, and so being of interest to specialists, this biography is designed to be understood by any reader. As Lu Xun's life spanned the transition from Manchu empire to citizens' Republic, it can be seen as one man's history of China's progress to modernity—a progress in which he personally played a significant part. The facts of Lu Xun's life are presented objectively, but they do not always speak for themselves. The author has therefore drawn on his lifelong study of modern Chinese literature to offer intelligent interpretations where necessary. Since the subject of this biography was a writer, the author has appended to the chronicle some brief ‘sketches' of his work for the benefit of those unacquainted with it.

David E. Pollard publishes in Chinese as well as English and is one of the most respected interpreters and translators of the Chinese essay and modern Chinese literature. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1970. He was formerly Professor of Chinese at the University of London and Professor of Translation at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Translation of the Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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