A Village of One’s Own
by Liu Liangcheng
The book provides a poetic portrayal of plants, animals, wind, nights, moon and dream in a village from the angle of 'an idle person', who only regards sunrise and sunset, the blooming and fading of flowers as big things and feels the dignity of everything in the world in a free and natural living situation, instead of being busy with spring sowing and autumn harvest. All the gazing and touching of everything in the world as well as dialogue with them fill the book with vitality and spirituality. It becomes a modern classic allowing people to get rid of the noisy social life and return to natural living situation.
The prose collection A Village of One’s Own has great popularity all over China. It has been perceived as a must-read for those who want to experience the culture and tradition of Chinese rural scenery and life.
From the perspective of an “idle person”, the author poetically depicts the woods, animals, winds, nights, moonlight, and dreams in this village. This “idle man” subordinates sowing and harvesting to observing the sun’s rising and setting, as well as the flowers’ booming and withering.
He indulges himself in a natural way of living to feel the dignity of the universe. He lies down on the broad fields, listening attentively to the hum of insects, and smiles at a flower in this desolate place. He finds out the donkeys that push carts and work for human beings are sophisticated intellectuals, and the rats that are busy collecting foods may also joyously celebrate their gains...
All these stares into, touches upon, and conversations with every living thing on the earth have breathed life into the book, hence rid this contemporary classic of chaos of the secular society, but let it embrace a natural way to survive and thrive.
Korean rights sold.
Standing in the center of the village, staring intently, Liu
gently wrote about all the warmth and unchanged: the
village where people and animals lived together, the soft and joyful details of daily life, the ancient and solemn
order, the fair and beautiful fate.
—Li Juan, author of Winter Pasture
Liu is the closest human being to Chuang Tzu, the
ancient philosopher. While we all feel there is not
enough time for everything, he spends a lot of time
introducing two ants to each other and researching why
donkeys don’t wear underwear. This book is a guide for readers to appreciate the cuteness of nature.
—Liang Wendao, critic and talk show host
Liu Liangcheng ( 刘亮程) was awarded the 2014 Lu Xun Literature Award, the
most important literature award in China. He was born in 1962 in Xinjiang,
the westernmost province of China, where several languages and cultures coexist.
His work A Village of One’s Own caused great sensation both at home and abroad.
His other works, including Hollowed Out, Upturned Earth and In Xinjiang, have all
focused on the village in Xinjiang where he lived for years – hence his reputation
as a “bucolic philosopher”. Many of his essays and novels have been included in
textbooks for Chinese middle schools and colleges.
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- Publisher Yilin Press
- ISBN/Identifier 9787544787765
- Publication Country or regionChina
- Publish StatusPublished
- Original Language Title一个人的村庄
- Original Language Authors刘亮程
- Copyright Year2022
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