Retribution : the Jiling Chronicles /

Retribution opens with the raucous festivities surrounding the annual procession to honor the Bodhisattva Guanyin. Changsheng, the young wife of the local coffin maker Liu Laoshi, is raped while making an offering to Guanyin in the hope of increasing her chances of bearing a son. Changsheng hangs he...

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Uniform title:Jiling chun qiu.
Author / Creator: Li, Yongping, 1947- (Author)
Other Authors / Creators:Goldblatt, Howard, 1939- translator.
Lin, Sylvia Li-chun, translator.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Chinese
Language notes:English.
Imprint: New York : Columbia University Press, [2003]
Series:Modern Chinese literature from Taiwan.
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Summary:Retribution opens with the raucous festivities surrounding the annual procession to honor the Bodhisattva Guanyin. Changsheng, the young wife of the local coffin maker Liu Laoshi, is raped while making an offering to Guanyin in the hope of increasing her chances of bearing a son. Changsheng hangs herself following the encounter, and Liu Laoshi exacts bloody vengeance on the rapist's own wife and favorite prostitute. This act of sexual violence and its retribution provide the narrative pivot around which is woven a web of interconnecting stories, whose characters and events provide divergent perspectives on the rape and its aftermath. The result is an unforgettable exploration of the intersections of sexual desire, sadism, folk belief, and the inexorable cycles of karmic retribution.--

Centered around the prostitution industry in a rural Chinese community, Retribution presents a compelling exploration of the intersections of sexual desire, sadism, folk belief, and the inexorable cycles of karmic retribution.

Item Description:Print version record.
Physical Description:1 online resource (246 pages).
ISBN:9780231508926
0231508921
Author Notes:Li Yung-p'ing is a Chinese Malaysian writer and one of Taiwan's best-known and most controversial novelists. His other works include Haidong Qing and Zhu Ling's Wanderings in the Wonderland .Howard Goldblatt is professor of Chinese literature at the University of Notre Dame. He is translator of The Taste of Apples (Columbia, 2001) and co-editor of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature (Columbia, 1996). Sylvia Li-chun Lin is assistant professor of East Asian languages and literature at Notre Dame. Together they have translated Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man and Alai's Red Poppies.