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  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ East Asia Program (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939657678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939657674
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #896,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written as the ludicrous and disturbing ramblings of an errant, pseudo-intellectual urbanite secluding himself from the underworld in an impoverished coastal village of Taiwan in the early 1960's, this novel prompted the first critical discussion of postmodernism in Chinese fiction and still stands as the most provocative and innovative narrative published in Taiwan over the past two decades.

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By A Customer on July 20 1997
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in a class on Modern Chinese Literature, and it was the best book in the class. Truthfully, it was not for everyone. I know at least one member of the class who found the style daunting and difficult to swallow. But I loved it. Wang is a professor in Taiwan of modern European literature, and it shows. Traces of many modernist and post-modernist techniques show up in Backed Against the Sea, as well as a complex take on things uniqulely Chinese and Taiwanese. If you like Chinese fiction, European modernism and/or post-modernism, I highly recommend this book. It is not an easy read, but I find it well worth the pleasure
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Excellent example of experimental fiction. July 20 1997
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book in a class on Modern Chinese Literature, and it was the best book in the class. Truthfully, it was not for everyone. I know at least one member of the class who found the style daunting and difficult to swallow. But I loved it. Wang is a professor in Taiwan of modern European literature, and it shows. Traces of many modernist and post-modernist techniques show up in Backed Against the Sea, as well as a complex take on things uniqulely Chinese and Taiwanese. If you like Chinese fiction, European modernism and/or post-modernism, I highly recommend this book. It is not an easy read, but I find it well worth the pleasure


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