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Three Novellas
Su Tong
Translated by Josh Stenberg

From the author of Wives and Concubines (titled Raise the Red Lantern in the acclaimed 1991 Oscar-nominated film by Zhang Yimou), Rice and many other major works of contemporary Chinese fiction comes a new collection of novellas that ranges from mystery in swinging prewar Shanghai to the violent gangs of the Cultural Revolution.

In The Gardener’s Art, a family dispute ends in the disappearance of a wealthy dentist. As his wife and children plunge into crisis and suspicion, the clues of the case lead them into Shanghai’s seamy side. A brilliant evocation of a vanished pre-Communist time, in all its glamor and squalor.

A Divorce Handbook is the bitterly funny tale of a man, unhappy in marriage, who comes up against the inflexible attitudes of a traditional society. One of the most perceptive works to chart China’s shifting social mores.

In Tattoo, a lame adolescent is marked by the death of his brother in gang warfare. Overcoming his injuries through the practice of martial arts, he seeks to revive the flagging fortunes of his gang, but must face treachery and contempt at every turn.

This volume by Su Tong demonstrates his mastery of the full sweep of twentieth-century China.

Su Tong burst onto the Chinese literary scene in the mid-eighties. Since then, his prolific and provocative work—seven novels, a dozen novellas, over 120 short stories—has kept him squarely in the spotlight, with translations available in a dozen languages. Su Tong won the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Boat to Redemption.

Josh Stenberg is a PhD candidate in Chinese theater at Nanjing University. He is also the translator of Su Tong’s Madwoman on the Bridge (2008) and the editor of Irina’s Hat: New Short Stories from China (2013)

2010 212 pages
ISBN 978-0-9836599-0-7 $23.00 pbk
ISBN 978-0-9836599-1-4 $45.00 cloth