Pleasure of Thinking (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Kinesiska
Antal sidor
224
Utgivningsdatum
2024-04-25
Förlag
Penguin Classics
Översättare
Yan Yan
Originalspråk
Chinese
Dimensioner
13 x 1980 x 129 mm
Vikt
171 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780241633267

Pleasure of Thinking

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'A very captivating book. Wang Xiaobo's unique blend of rationality, serenity, candor, and sense of humour serves as an embodiment of the liberalism he ardently believes in' Ai Weiwei The dazzling essays of the beloved, subversive Chinese writer Wang Xiaobo, a continual bestseller in China, now in English for the first time Wang Xiaobo made his name as a novelist but his essays, too, have become ongoing bestsellers in China since their publication in the 1990s. Bringing together his thoughts on reading and talking and silence in the Cultural Revolution, about the irrepressible spirit of one beloved pig he met while an 'educated youth', and about being operated on via a textbook, these essays give a rare glimpse into a world rarely seen and discussed with such honesty. Written with a light touch and with a wry sense of humour, these are also the essays of a great literary talent, grappling with sociology, sexuality and feminism, with the cultural clash of living in the USA, and with Chinese sci-fi, the internet, and beloved European writers like Bertrand Russell and Italo Calvino. Electrifying, containing a razor-sharp wit and intellect, this collection reveals the voice of a generation to English-speaking readers for the very first time.
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Pleasure of Thinking is a very captivating book. Wang Xiaobo's unique blend of rationality, serenity, candor, and sense of humour serves as an embodiment of the liberalism he ardently believes in. Such expression stands as the archenemy of autocracy, for in autocratic societies, all the regime's endeavors aim to eradicate any fertile ground where liberalism might flourish -- Ai Weiwei An ironist, in the vein of Kurt Vonnegut, with a piercing eye for the intrusion of politics into private life Long after his death, of a heart attack, at the age of forty-four, Wangs views still circulate among fans like a secret handshake -- Evan Osnos * New Yorker * Consistently insightful and often charming . . . A wide-ranging, humorous, often sharp collection * Kirkus Reviews * Admired for his cynicism, irony, humor, readers and critics around the world now widely regard Wang Xiaobo as one of the most important modern Chinese authors . . . His [writing is] considered crucial to understanding China's recent past . . . Wang now rivals the World War II-era Hong Kong writer Zhang Ailing as the most popular modern Chinese author -- Ian Johnson * New York Review of Books * Wang Xiaobo was arguably the most influential intellectual of the post-Tiananmen generation, a nonchalant provocateur as well as an unconventional, anti-authoritarian thinker whose writing has stood the test of time -- Sebastian Veg * author of MINJIAN *

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Wang Xiaobo was born in 1952. From 1968 to 1970, he worked on a farm in Yunnan, China, as an 'educated' youth. He published Golden Age in 1992, first in Taiwan, but publication in China soon followed, where it was an immediate success, still topping bestseller lists today. Wang Xiaobo died of a heart attack in 1997, at the age of forty-four.