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陆犯焉识
陆犯焉识 The Criminal Lu Yanshi
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In this epic Chinese-language novel, arguably the author's most significant to date, she explores the world of Chinese intellectuals over the past sixty years. Lu Yanshi, a man from a privileged Shanghai family, is forced into an arranged marriage with his cousin Feng Wanyu, then goes to America to earn a doctorate and lives the life of a playboy. He returns to China and a professorship and a difficult family life. With the Anti-Rightist Campaign in the 1950s, his class background comes back to haunt him, and he ends up being sentenced to life imprisonment in remote Qinghai Province. His jailers, simple people of no importance or influence, are more profoundly isolated and imprisoned even than himself. Released after decades of imprisonment, he comes to realize that Wanyu is truly the love of his life. 陆焉识本是上海大户人家才子+公子型的少爷,聪慧而倜傥,会多国语言,也会讨女人喜欢。父亲去世后,...
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In this epic Chinese-language novel, arguably the author's most significant to date, she explores the world of Chinese intellectuals over the past sixty years. Lu Yanshi, a man from a privileged Shanghai family, is forced into an arranged marriage with his cousin Feng Wanyu, then goes to America to earn a doctorate and lives the life of a playboy. He returns to China and a professorship and a difficult family life. With the Anti-Rightist Campaign in the 1950s, his class background comes back to haunt him, and he ends up being sentenced to life imprisonment in remote Qinghai Province. His jailers, simple people of no importance or influence, are more profoundly isolated and imprisoned even than himself. Released after decades of imprisonment, he comes to realize that Wanyu is truly the love of his life. 陆焉识本是上海大户人家才子+公子型的少爷,聪慧而倜傥,会多国语言,也会讨女人喜欢。父亲去世后,年轻无嗣的继母冯仪芳为了巩固其在家族中的地位,软硬兼施地使他娶了自己的娘家侄女冯婉喻。没有爱情的陆焉识很快出国留学,在美国华盛顿毫无愧意地过了几年花花公子的自由生活。毕业回国后的陆焉识博士开始了风流得意的大学教授生活,也开始了在风情而精明的继母和温婉而坚韧的妻子夹缝间尴尬的家庭生活。 五十年代,陆焉识因其出身、更因其不谙世事的张扬激越而成为"”反革命“”,在历次运动中,其迂腐可笑的书生气使他的刑期一次次延长,直至被判为无期。这位智商超群的留美博士由此揣着极高的学识在西北大荒草漠上改造了二十年。精神的匮乏、政治的严苛、犯人间的相互围猎与倾轧,终使他身上满布的旧时代文人华贵的自尊凋谢成一地碎片。枯寂中对繁华半生的反刍,使他确认了内心对婉喻的深爱。婉喻曾是他寡味的开端,却在回忆里成为他完美的归宿。

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我祖母冯婉喻的眼睛长长的,介于双眼皮和单眼皮之间。眼睛的变换取决于她的睡眠长短、心情好坏。如果你看见她眼皮双得厉害,问都不要问就知道她头天哭了。她这双眼睛非常静,可以半天不动,你知道她的心也一样是静的,没有在想如何对付婆婆,如何整治佣人,如何跟丈夫多嗲出几个零花钱。只有安享清福的女人才会静成那样。 那是我祖父受到报纸上的文章攻击之后。他在学校和各种会馆、俱乐部的日子冷清了许多。对此他也认了,只要做学问还有他的份,挣钱还有他的份,他宁可不去求助对手的对手,在他们的杂志上反攻。再说他习惯泡咖啡馆、图书馆,那里有的是陌生人的间接陪伴。一天晚上他回到家,口袋里放着两张梅兰芳来沪演出的戏票。梅兰芳的戏票非常难求,他是偶然买到这两张戏票的。下午泡在奥地利咖啡馆里,一个投机各种票券的俄籍犹太瘪三把戏票贩到他的桌上。当然这是比正当票价高许多的票子。假如凑上来的瘪三贩的是一块狐皮,或一个号称路易十六的水晶盘,或者一张吉尔吉斯的手织挂毯,贩到焉识的桌上,他多半也会买下来。有时候贩东西的瘪三前脚走,后脚就有人揭露焉识上了当,买了假货,或花了冤大头的价钱,焉识也只会跟着人一块笑自己的愚蠢。他不想跟人家说,买下假货第一是因为他陆焉识摆惯了阔,第二是他受不了瘪三们的烦。瘪三们为了把蹩脚货换成钱要那样造孽地讨好你,马屁拍到天上,焉识只有买下货色才能从自己眼前抹除一副可怜可嫌的嘴脸。 揣着戏票回到家,婉喻迎到门厅来接下他的公文包,又给他脱下外衣。他想到外衣口袋里的戏票,便又转身回去取。这时听见恩娘在哪里说话。恩娘有几种说话腔调:女掌门人的,慈母的,还有就是此刻这种—— 一个病女人的。恩娘的病不少,心口,头,腰腿,两手心也有病痛。很多女人的病是她们的武器,恩娘最善于用这武器,一旦她自认为受了欺负需要反攻就拿出来使用。 “用不着吃党参了………没用的……吃了也是浪费钞票……焉识赚那点钞票容易吗?浪费到我身上我担当得起吗?……”恩娘显然听见了焉识进门,提高了嗓门。 焉识满可以不回来,咖啡馆可以是他的客厅,图书馆可以是他的书房、卧室。他换上婉喻给他摆好的拖鞋,看了看樱桃木的楼梯。此刻它是黄山或泰山或峨嵋最难登的一段。请安怎么都要请的,他拖着两脚登着樱桃木的险峰。 “恩娘。”他在门口唤道。 恩娘看看他,又看看自己两只手。

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This story is based on the lives of my grandfathers but represents the experience of a generation of Chinese intellectuals.  Awarded Best Novel of 2011 by the Chinese Academy of Fiction Writing.

About Geling

Geling Yan is one of the most acclaimed contemporary novelists and screenwriters writing in the Chinese language today and a well-established writer in English. Born in Shanghai, she served with the...

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Jan.14.2008

Geling Yan’s sly comic novel about the excesses — culinary and otherwise — of modern life in the Chinese capital... Although it may seem fantastical, her fiction is rooted in fact.

Author's Publishing Notes

Awarded Best Novel of 2011 by the Chinese Academy of Fiction Writing, December 25, 2011. (中國小說學會評選的“2011年度中國小說排行榜”,獲得長篇小說第一名是嚴歌苓的《陸犯焉識》.) http://www.chinesetoday.com/big/article/570730