‘Living Longer’: Concluding <i>Wandering</i>

Jeremy Tambling

in Madmen and Other Survivors

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098244
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207158 | DOI:
‘Living Longer’: Concluding Wandering

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The Misanthrope implies solitude and loneliness, and so something autobiographical, and it applies to at least two characters: the narrator; and, more obviously, Wei Lianshu, whose story is told in five chapters. Regret for the Past relates to the moment when Lu Xun and Xu Guangping seem to have become lovers; the sexual relation, outside marriage, is at the heart of the story. Brothers, set in Beijing, opens and closes in a framing mode, at the Bureau of Public Welfare, where the clerks are sitting and discussing two brothers who have fallen out over money. The last of the stories, Divorce, appeared first in Fragments in November 1925; Lu Xun wrote no more after its completion. The text returns to the countryside, to the time of the Qing dynasty and to the provincialism of life in the villages, away from the “great world” of Beijing.

Keywords: Misanthrope; Regret; Brothers; Divorce; Beijing; Lu Xun; Xu Guangping; Qing dynasty

Chapter.  7981 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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