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Madmen and Other SurvivorsReading Lu Xun's Fiction$
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Jeremy Tambling

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098244

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098244.001.0001

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‘Living Longer’: Concluding Wandering

‘Living Longer’: Concluding Wandering

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Madmen and Other Survivors

Jeremy Tambling

Hong Kong University Press

The Misanthrope implies solitude and loneliness, and so something autobiographical, and it applies to at least two characters: the narrator; and, more obviously, Wei Lianshu, whose story is told in five chapters. Regret for the Past relates to the moment when Lu Xun and Xu Guangping seem to have become lovers; the sexual relation, outside marriage, is at the heart of the story. Brothers, set in Beijing, opens and closes in a framing mode, at the Bureau of Public Welfare, where the clerks are sitting and discussing two brothers who have fallen out over money. The last of the stories, Divorce, appeared first in Fragments in November 1925; Lu Xun wrote no more after its completion. The text returns to the countryside, to the time of the Qing dynasty and to the provincialism of life in the villages, away from the “great world” of Beijing.

Keywords:   Misanthrope, Regret, Brothers, Divorce, Beijing, Lu Xun, Xu Guangping, Qing dynasty

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