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Fortress Besieged




Fortress Besieged

围城


By  
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.
《围城》是钱钟书唯一的一部长篇小说,堪称中国现当代长篇小说的经典。小说塑造了抗战开初一类知识分子的群像,生动反映了在国家特定时期,特殊人群的行为操守、以及困惑。从另一个角度记述了当时的情景、氛围。虽然有具体的历史背景,但这部小说揭示的只是人群的弱点,在今天依然能够引起人们的共鸣。第一版于1947年由上海晨光出版公司出版。
 
    About the author

钱钟书,原名仰先,字哲良,字默存,号槐聚,曾用笔名中书君,中国现代著名作家、文学研究家。曾为《毛泽东选集》英文版翻译小组成员。晚年就职于中国社会科学院,任副院长。书评家夏志清先生认为小说《围城》是“中国近代文学中最有趣、最用心经营的小说,可能是最伟大的一部”。钱钟书在文学,国故,比较文学,文化批评等领域的成就,推崇者甚至冠以“钱学”。
 
    Table of content

重印前记

围城
附录:记钱钟书与《围城》杨绛
 
    Details
 
ISBN: 9787020098095
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 377
Sizes: 208x146mm
Publication: 1/2013
Weight: 438g
Languages:
Chinese


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