Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun Lu Xun a leading figure of modern Chinese literature Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese Lu Xun was a novelist editor

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  • Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun Lu Xun 1881 1936 , a leading figure of modern Chinese literature Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, and poet In the 1930s he became the titular head of the League of Left Wing Writers in Shanghai.The Complete Short Stories of Lu XDiary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun Lu Xun 1881 1936 , a leading figure of modern Chinese literature Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, and poet In the 1930s he became the titular head of the League of Left Wing Writers in Shanghai.The Complete Short Stories of Lu Xun where included in these edition A Madman s Diary Kung I chi Medicine Tomorrow An Incident Storm in a Teacup My Old Home The True Story of Ah Q Village Opera The New Year s Sacrifice In the Wine Shop A Happy Family Soap The Misanthrope Regret for the Past The Divorce The Flight to the Moon Forging the Swords.Two brothers, whose names I need not mention here, were both good friends of mine in high school but after a separation of many years we gradually lost touch Some time ago I happened to hear that one of them was seriously ill, and since I was going back to my old home I broke my journey to call on them, I saw only one, however, who told me that the invalid was his younger brother I appreciate your coming such a long way to see us, he said, but my brother recovered some time ago and has gone elsewhere to take up an official post Then, laughing, he produced two volumes of his brother s diary, saying that from these the nature of his past illness could be seen, and that there was no harm in showing them to an old friend I took the diary away, read it through, and found that he had suffered from a form of persecution complex The writing was most confused and incoherent, and he had made many wild statements over he had omitted to give any dates, so that only by the colour of the ink and the differences in the writing could one tell that it was not written at one time Certain sections, however, were not altogether disconnected, and I have copied out a part to serve as a subject for medical research I have not altered a single illogicality in the diary and have changed only the names, even though the people referred to are all country folk, unknown to the world and of no consequence As for the title, it was chosen by the diarist himself after his recovery, and I did not change it.

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    1. Lu Xun

      Lu Xun or Lu Hs n Wade Giles , was the pen name of Zhou Shuren September 25, 1881 October 19, 1936 , a leading figure of modern Chinese literature Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, and poet In the 1930s he became the titular head of the League of Left Wing Writers in Shanghai from For the Chinese profile, please click here.

    405 thoughts on “Diary of a Madman and Other Stories”

    1. I listened to the title story, rather than read the book (which might have made a difference). The madness of the protagonist was delineated very quickly and like ripples from a stone dropped into a pool, it rapidly and obsessively spread out with more and more detail. But the stone that sunk to the depths? The original causation factor? That was missing which left the book frustratingly without depth. Perhaps this is what madness looks like, it certainly isn't madness explained.


    2. This is a collection of 26 short stories by Lu Xun. The most well-known is the story that gives the collection its name, "Diary of a Madman", where Lu Xun uses the madman's paranoiac fear of cannibalism as a metaphor for the way Chinese society ate up its people. Here, he works a hyperbolic vein generally similar to that used by Jonathan Swift in "A Modest Proposal". He returns to the metaphor of cannibalism from time to time, most notably and tragically in "Medicine", where the cure for tubercu [...]


    3. Part of my Fall 2017 Best Of Chinese Literature project; more here, and a cool list of books here.Borrows the dogs from Gogol, but Lu Xun is a more concerned with cannibalism than Spanish kings. Tells a story about a revolutionary killed and eaten; that actually happened, so. The ironic thing is that it was during the Cultural Revolution, forty years after this story called for a cultural revolution. Lu was writing in 1918, and his madman finds the command - EAT PEOPLE - in Confucius. It was amo [...]


    4. Very short story. Man studies Confucian classics, thinks people are going to eat him. There's a bit of a political metaphor.救救孩子! (Save the children!)


    5. Tutti vogliono carne umana e tutti temono al tempo stesso di essere divorati dagli altriIl Club Norvegese del Libro inseriva questo testo tra le cento opere migliori di sempre. Tralasciando le ragioni per cui mi sono imbattuta in questa lista e nel fantomatico gruppo in questione, visto che nei miei incubi ricorrenti oltre al cadere da una rupe, c'è l 'uomo del Club degli Editori che mi fa firmare un contratto e io non riesco a fermare la mia mano, devo dire che non lo avrei mai inserito in una [...]


    6. The first work I've read of Lu Xun, who became my favorite contemporary Chinese author when I learnt to appreciate his irony and incisiveness.


    7. A short, rather scathing and often chilling commentary on the depersonalizing effects of mindless societal adherence.This book is not preachy--its almost a stream of consciousness style. As the title suggests, it's recorded in a journal style.Very elegantly plotted, with the ending known at the beginning--it's a testament to the quality of the writing that knowing the end results actually makes the plot progression more suspenseful and the resolution more chilling.


    8. I recenty completed an online course on edX HarvardX: HUM12.2x Modern Masterpieces of World Literature (edx/course/modern-mas) which introduced me to Lu Xun. I didn't recall having heard of him before and thinking this to be a gaping hole in my knowledge of world literature I have been setting about recitifying it. First a bit about the author - Lu Xun (1881- 1936) grew up in a family whose wealth was declinging rapidly . He was educated at government schools, went to study in Japan both lack of [...]


    9. 2015 YES I AM BEHINDuff it PopSugar Challenge with my fellow crustaceans Karly, Jess, Heather, and NeniaA book of short stories - Diary of a Madman and Other Stories - Xun, LuDNF at 21%I've tried with this one, I really have, but it is just sooo boring and bizarre that I never have the desire to pick it up without reluctance. I'm sure it's a cultural or generational thing, but the proverbs go over my head or fall flat of being profound. All in all, I rather spend what little reading time I hav [...]


    10. I didn't read this book, I just read one story and, honestly, I read that one story online (thank you MARXISTS!) but I like to record my reactions on soAnd, of course it was "A Madman's Diary" - considered the first modern piece of Chinese fiction. Go read it - it's right under that link above and is pretty short. Obviously intended as political allegory, it concerns the written record of a young man who, in the throes of madness, extrapolates the tyranny of old, rural values into a paranoid be [...]


    11. The Diary of a Madman is one of my favorite stories. Lu Xun was one of the first Chinese authors to write in bai hua (colloquial speech) and he is an expert writer and observer of dialogue.


    12. excellent writing! his stories are amazing, and if you must know, not about the cultural revolution (that's for you jon).




    13. Lu Xun nos presenta un relato cortisimo que se lee en menos de 1h en el que podemos ver como es la manía persecutoria del protagonista en primera persona. Sinceramente no tengo mucho que decir al ser un relato tan corto, me lo mandaron a leer el clase y pensaba que iba a ser más aburrido, pero para mi sorpresa me despertó mucha curiosidad.Si como he dicho antes, os interesa una lectura rápida desde el punto de vista de un loco, este es vuestro libro


    14. Cuando alguien de la estatura –literariamente hablando, claro– del Premio Nobel Kenzaburo Óe dice que eres “el más grande escritor que Asia produjo en el siglo veinte”, supondrías que eres un autor del cual todos, aunque no te hayan leído, han oído hablar. Pero no es el caso de Zhou Shuren (mejor conocido en el bajo mundo de las letras por sus pseudónimos Lu Xun o Lu Hsün), una figura poco conocida en nuestro país pero extremadamente célebre en el Lejano Oriente –es el escrito [...]


    15. "Él también es un hombre; ¿no tiene miedo tal vez? ¿Por qué se ha unido a los que intentan devorarme? ¿Acaso porque esto se ha hecho siempre, encuentra que no hay ningún mal en ello? ¿O pone oídos sordos a su conciencia y hace deliberadamente algo que sabe que es malo?"Terror especulativo y crítica social, nada mas comencé a leer este relato y me atrapó. Lleno de alegorías en contra de la sociedad feudal y sus clasismo excluyente remanente del s. 19 en China, configura un enigma par [...]


    16. Sepuluh cerpen dalam Catatan Harian Seorang Gila (Penerjemah Nur Rachmi dan Rasti Suryandari, Yayasan Obor Indonesia, Jakarta, 1989) yang ditulis pengarang yang bernama asli Zhou Shuyen ini menunjukkan kemampuannya dalam meramu keindahan alam Cina dan kondisi masyarakat menjadi suatu kisah yang utuh dan kuat. Meski begitu, dalam membaca cerpen-cerpen ini, kesungguhan agaknya menjadi hal yang penting. Pembaca membutuhkan konsentrasi penuh untuk dapat memahami alur dan konflik yang diungkapkan, ka [...]


    17. Bacaan bagus menjelang imlek tahun ini. HeheSaat membaca cerpen2 awal di buku ini, saya masih butuh penyesuaian karena jarang baca karya sastra cina, dan dari sebelum pertengahan isi buku, cerpen2nya mulai mudah dapat penggambaran bagi nalar saya. Kebanyakan isinya mengandung protes sosial yang terjadi di masyarakat pada tahun itu, sebelum tahun 1930. Dan tentu bagi saya yang awam dengan pergolakan di cina kala itu, ini menjadi hal yang sulit saya terka, namun dengan kejelian penulis dan suasana [...]


    18. Mixing Chinese daily life with ghosts and death seems like a winning formula, but something lacked energy in these tales. I wouldn't question Lu's value in the evolution of Chinese literature or his worth in portraying Chinese society, but nothing really brought this collection to greatness for me. The story "Home" was the exception, and several other times he flirts with something brilliant, but otherwise I was not moved or emotionally engaged. The later works struck me as far more mature than [...]



    19. If you're looking for short, well-written stories with a strong political message, look no further. These as super interesting to read, but will be SUPER enjoyable if you take time to read up on the historical and political context of Lu Xun's work. I'm a fan.


    20. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Hsun It was an interesting if not all that satisfying experience. The book can be great; after all it is listed by writers and critics among the best 100 books ever written. I did not take to the book, after the initial stories reviewed here; I lost interest so much that I hardly knew what I was reading. These are notes on the first part and just an expression of regret that I did not get to read more of Lu Hsun, as it was written on the pages of the boo [...]


    21. Lu Hsun, Çin Edebiyatı'nın en önemli isimlerinden biri olarak gösteriliyor. Daha önce Çığlık isimli başka bir eseri Türkçe'ye kazandırılmış ancak okumadım. Aylak Adam Yayınları öykü derlemesi olan bu kitabı Türkçe'ye kazandırınca hemen okumak istedim.Zor kültür Çin. Uzakdoğu içerisindeki en engin ve karmaşık kültür sedimenti, dili, tarihi, siyasal süreci, sanatı onlarda. Özellikle dil ile olan, yüzlerce yıl süren kavgaları; anlaşılmalarını sadece ya [...]


    22. Lu's stories often focus on how conservative thinking and religious observation of tradition dulls the sense of judgement, crushing the weak, different, and out-of-sync. There are two collections of stories in this volume. The first, Cheering from the Sidelines, composed of stories written between 1918 and 1922, contrasts sharply with the Wondering Where to Turn, written between 1924 and 1925. The first collection features an almost simplistic, direct style of writing belying layered narratives, [...]


    23. Sometimes when I read a book, I feel like the time and place were just too different from the present for me to really appreciate the literature, and this is one of those books. The short stories all date from about 1915-1925 in China, a period of revolution and political upheaval and social change. That difference in context to today, and the difficulty of translating from a non-alphabetic language into English, meant to me that I didn't have much of an appreciation for these stories. That is, [...]


    24. "El libro de relatos Diario de un loco de Lu Hsun, no me pareció una lectura sencilla. No por su redacción o la complejidad de su trama, más bien por todo lo que guarda en ella y que conlleva muchas cosas difíciles que vivió su autor. Los relatos en sí no me parecen grandes obras de la literatura universal, de los tres cuentos que se publican el que más estimo es "La verdadera historia de Ah Q". Este cuento, narra las andanzas de un hombre humilde, solo, borrachín, analfabeto, desaseado, [...]


    25. The story begins with the narrator's visit to a pair of brothers who were close friends of his during his school years. The older brother informs him that the younger one suffered from a mental illness but got better and took a job in another city. During the time of his illness the brother kept a diary that the narrator is allowed to read. This is the "madman's diary" . The diary tells of the protagonist's growing obsession with the cannibalism which he believes is routinely practiced by those [...]


    26. Entiendo que es una alegoría y una forma de queja velada al sistema feudal chino de la época, pero el cuento tiene demasiado "hype" para mi gusto. No es un mal cuento, pero no me parece tan grandioso como muchos proclaman.La forma en que el "loco" ve la sociedad de su pueblo, y como va viendo que todos son caníbales, es muy interesante, sobre todo que desde su locura ve la realidad, pero ya. El final es tremendo.3.5 estrellas, pero no más. Otro cuento que amerita otra lectura y reevaluación [...]


    27. Lu Xun is considered the most important modern Chinese writer, and I get it, but he's just not my favorite. Diary of a Madman is a classic story though, but most of them follow the general theme of criticizing traditional Confucian society and calling for a revolution of the Chinese spirit and culture. He was one of the ideological forerunners of the May Fourth Movement and if you had his seal of approval you were golden (take for example, Ding Ling).


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