That guess seems confirmed by Shelley W. But in keeping with the outlook of satire at its most savage, Mo Yan creates a world in which all the absurd, cruel, or vicious parts of everyday life that we try to downplay are magnified and intensified until they become inescapable. The effect can elicit laughter or disgust, or both. It is a natural means to expressing social criticism, and Mo Yan's use of it calls to mind Jonathan Swift as well as Lu Xun. The Nobel laureate must embody everything that worried the conservative Chinese critics whose articles my friend described in the early s.
No doubt there are still readers in China who turn away from his work with a sense that it represents the spiritual contamination created by foreign influences. If Mo Yan is emerging as a figure in world literature, that may be part of it. A dozen years ago, World Literature Today an indispensable journal published by the University of Oklahoma Press published a special issue on Mo Yan that included the transcript of a talk he had given while visiting the United States.
When Goldblatt's translation of Sandalwood Death appears early next year, I hope we can run an interview in this column. Until then, there is an off-chance that someone out there may know the whereabouts of my friend of three decades back. At last report, he had become deeply involved in support for the student movement in China, which meant that he lost his stipend after the Tiananmen Square massacre while also being unable to return to China.
There seems to be no trace of him in the U. It seems best for me not to give his name, but it would be great to get back in touch. Someone said that he translated "Civil Disobedience," and I'm hoping that's true. Be the first to know. Get our free daily newsletter. How to write an effective diversity statement essay.
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