The story of ah q

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the story of ah q

The True Story of Ah Q by Lu Xun

A towering figure in the literary history of twentieth-century China, Lu Xun has exerted immense and continuous influence through his short stories, which remain today as powerful as they were first written. While echoes of these stories can still be heard in the fictional works from both sides of the Taiwan Strait in the eighties and nineties, The True Story of Ah Q has long become an intrinsic part of the Chinese vocabulary.Like many Chinese intellectuals searching for a solution to Chinas problems, Lu Xun went to Japan to study medicine, a choice he later abandoned for a career in writing, which he considered to be a far more effective weapon to save China. A prolific author of pungent and dagger-like essays, Lu Xun is also a tireless translator of Western critical and literary works. His fictional works have been translated into more than twenty languages.
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For several years now I have been meaning to write the true story of Ah Q. But while wanting to write I was in some trepidation, too, which goes to show that I am .
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Now he saw eyes more terrible even than the wolf's; dull yet penetrating eyes that, having devoured his words, still seemed eager to devour something beyond his flesh and blood. Most people were dissatisfied, because a shooting was not such a fine spectacle as a decapitation. For many years Lu Hsun was hailed as the cultural standard bearer of the Chinese revolution, coming to the fore in the bourgeois revolutionary period of China and heralding the socialist The character of Ah Q in Lu Hsun's long story or short novel has given rise to a unique expression in China. In the story Ah Q is continually defeated, by his fellow lowlifes, by respectable people and by revolutionaries. Yet he keeps turning the situation around in his head afterwards. For example, while being beaten by idlers, he loudly denigrates himself as being as low as an insect, thus showing himself to be the "foremost self-belittler"—and certainly being "foremost" in anything is admirable, isn't it?

For several years now I have been meaning to write the true story of Ah Q. But while wanting to write I was in some trepidation, too, which goes to show that I am not one of those who achieve glory by writing; for an immortal pen has always been required to record the deeds of an immortal man, the man becoming known to posterity through the writing and the writing known to posterity through the man—until finally it is not clear who is making whom known. But in the end, as though possessed by some fiend, I always came back to the idea of writing the story of Ah Q. And yet no sooner had I taken up my pen than I became conscious of tremendous difficulties in writing this far-from-immortal work. The first was the question of what to call it. Confucius said, "If the name is not correct, the words will not ring true"; and this axiom should be most scrupulously observed. There are many types of biographies: official biographies, autobiographies, unauthorized biographies, legends, supplementary biographies, family histories, sketches.


  1. Dirk H. says:

    The True Story of Ah Q is an episodic novella written by Lu Xun, first published as a serial between December 4, and February 12, It was later placed.

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  4. Harcourt P. says:

    Source: Selected Stories of Lu Hsun, Published by Foreign Languages Press, Peking, , ; Images for chapters 1 and 4 from Chinese Literature Volume .

  5. Arlasibi says:

    The piece is generally held to be a masterpiece of modern Chinese literature , since it is considered the first piece of work to fully utilize Vernacular Chinese after the May 4th Movement in China.

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