Wintry Night

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Columbia University Press, May 29, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
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An epic spanning more than half a century of Taiwan's history, this breathtaking historical novel traces the fortunes of the Pengs, a family of Hakka Chinese settlers, across three generations from the 1890s, just before Taiwan was ceded to Japan as a result of the Sino-Japanese war, through World War II. Li Qiao brilliantly re-creates the dramatic world of these pioneers—and the colonization of Taiwan itself—exploring their relationships with the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan and their struggle to establish their own ethnic and political identities.

This carefully researched work of fiction draws upon Li's own experiences and family history, as well as oral and written histories of the era. Originally published in Chinese as a trilogy, this newly translated edition is an abridgement for English-speaking readers and marks the work's first appearance in the English-speaking world. It was well-received in Taiwan as an honest—and influential—recreation of Taiwan's history before the relocation of the Republic of China from the mainland to Taiwan.

Because Li's saga is so deeply imbued with the unique culture and complex history of Taiwan, an introduction explaining the cultural and historical background of the novel is included to help orient the reader to this amazingly rich cultural context. This informative introduction and the sweeping saga of the novel itself together provide an important view of Taiwan's little known colonial experience.
 

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This abridged translation of Li's original three-volume saga consisting of Wintry Night, Deserted Village, and Lone Lamp introduces English-language readers to one of Taiwan's most prolific authors ... Read full review

Contents

Li Qiao Intro
1
Li Qiao Pt1Ch1
19
Li Qiao Pt1Ch2
33
Li Qiao Pt1Ch3
41
Li Qiao Pt1Ch4
55
Li Qiao Pt1Ch5
69
Li Qiao Pt1Ch6
91
Li Qiao Pt1Ch7
105
Li Qiao Pt2Ch10
181
Li Qiao Pt2Ch11
273
Li Qiao Pt2Ch2
181
Li Qiao Pt2Ch3
187
Li Qiao Pt2Ch4
195
Li Qiao Pt2Ch5
199
Li Qiao Pt2Ch6
219
Li Qiao Pt2Ch7
229

Li Qiao Pt1Ch8
119
Li Qiao Pt1Ch9
147
Li Qiao Pt2Ch1
169
Li Qiao Pt2Ch8
241
Li Qiao Pt2Ch9
249
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Li Qiao has been one of Taiwan's most famous and prolific writers for the past forty years. He wrote his monumental saga, Wintry Night, over five years from 1975 to 1980.


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