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Little Bottles

Philippa Tristram

22 February 1990
The Miraculous Pigtail 
by Feng Jicai.
Chinese Literature Press, Beijing, 312 pp., September 1988, 0 8351 2050 3
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by Zhang Xianliang.
Chinese Literature Press, Beijing, 170 pp., January 1987, 0 8351 1336 1
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Dialogues in Paradise 
by Can Xue, translated by Ronald Jansson.
Northwestern, 173 pp., $17.95, June 1989, 0 8101 0830 5
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by Wang Anyi.
Penguin, 143 pp., £11.95, May 1989, 0 670 82622 7
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The Broken Betrothal 
by Gao Xiaosheng.
Chinese Literature Press, Beijing, 218 pp., December 1987, 0 8351 2051 1
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At Middle Age 
by Shen Rong.
Chinese Literature Press, Beijing, 366 pp., December 1987, 0 8351 1609 3
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Snuff-Bottles, and Other Stories 
by Deng Youmei.
Chinese Literature Press, Beijing, 220 pp., January 1987, 0 8351 1607 7
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... divide’. Significantly, this practical focus in recent Chinese fiction has its connection with Deng Xiaoping’s new ideology, ‘seek truth from facts.’ In her story ‘Snakes and Ladders’ Shen Rong describes the outburst of an old worker who, in the ‘criticise Deng’ campaign of 1976, deliberately goes over the ...

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