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Loud Sparrows: Contemporary Chinese Short-Shorts Hardcover – Oct 24 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (Oct. 24 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231138482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231138482
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,273,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beautiful and thought-provoking.

(Los Angeles Times)

The pieces are varied, lively, often charming, and occasionally brilliant.

(Perry Link New York Review of Books)

It's well worth dipping into (repeatedly).

(The Complete Review)

Beautiful and thought-provoking... A breeze of aesthetic freedom flows through all of them, making them fun to read.

(Susan Salter Los Angeles Times)

Funny, touching, intriguing and sometimes very beautifully... They are tiny vignettes of Chinese life in all its entire chaotic splendour.

(Jenny Niven Time Out Beijing)

Loud Sparrows is a delightful collection of short-shorts.

(Steve Noyes The Vancouver Sun)


Loud Sparrows, with its balanced treatment of short-shorts from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and its inclusion of works by well-known fiction writers, offers a major step forward in a largely untouched field of Chinese literature available in translation. It shows off short-shorts at their finest-carefully crafted works that take advantage of the challenge of the tight space limitations inherent to the genre.

(Steven L. Riep, Brigham Young University)

This volume runs the gamut of human emotions and situations, not to mention styles of expression and modes of representation. Some short-shorts are long on dialogue and are witty and light; others are brooding and haunting, revealing the dimensions of their subjects through in-depth narrative and description. What they all have in common is that they crystallize some important human moment, leaving the reader with a brief but resonant impression.

(Christopher Lupke, Washington State University)

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