'Blossoms' is an adaptation of Chinese novelist Jin Yucheng's book of the same title, which won the the Mao Dun
Literary Prize in 2015.
Revolution and Form; Mao Dun
's Early Novels and Chinese Literary Modernity
Originally published in 2009, this novel won the prestigious Mao Dun
Frog, his 11th novel (published in China in 2009), won the 2011 Mao Dun
He was best known for his English translations of the Chinese classic novel Outlaws of the Marsh , as well as works by the more modern authors Ba Jin and Mao Dun
. "Translators like us have the responsibility to let the world know that China has the richest tradition of virtue," he told the official Xinhua news agency in 2010, after being bestowed a lifetime achievement award by the Translators Association of China.
He was immediately joined by a cohort of younger writers such as Zhou Zuoren [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1885-1967), Yu Dafu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1896-1945), Mao Dun
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1896-1981) and Guo Moruo [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1892-1978) whose writings together formed a critical mass that succeeded in laying the foundations of China's modern literature.
As commented by Mao Dun
, a famous Chinese literary figure in the early twentieth century, "Individualism has become the main goal of the new literary movement during the May Fourth Movement period.
In a 1942 novel Mao Dun
tells the story of the revenge of Samson against the femme fatale Delilah, where the Philistines symbolize the Japanese; Xiang Peiliang in Annen (1926), a one-act play, turns the love of Amnon for Tamar into a sexual aberration; the writer Gu Cheng, personally obsessed by the death of Christ, writes the novel Ying'er, then becomes insane, killing his wife and hanging himself in 1993; Wang Duqing understands Jesus as an illegitimate son, displaying in a poem on the Virgin Mary (1925) some decadent tendencies; Wang Meng, minister of culture before Tiananmen, takes inspiration from the Apocalypse, describing in The Cross (1988) how the fourth animal, Christ's negative mirror, brings destruction into the world.
Leo Ou-fan Lee introduces Shanghai urban culture to the reader by invoking the prose of Mao Dun
: "LIGHT, HEAT, POWER!" These words express a fascination with urban spaces and modernity which permeated experience, production, and representation of Shanghai in the 1930s.
Mao Tun pseudonym of Shen Yanbing original name Shen Dehong(b.
In the fourth chapter, concerned with the social impediments to realism, Mao Dun
's and Zhang Tianyi's works are the objects of analysis.
In Shanghai, where she spent the next four years writing, establishing contact with the underground revolutionary movement and mixing in Chinese and foreign intellectual circles, she became close to Madame Sun Yat-sen and the writers Lu Xun, Mao Dun
, Xu Zhimo and Ding Ling, and found not only psychological peace of mind but the kind of satisfaction in her political work and writing which had evaded her in the United States and Europe.