Madwoman On The Bridge And Other Stories

Madwoman On The Bridge And Other Stories

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Set during the fall-out of the Cultural Revolution, these bizarre and delicate stories capture the collision of the old China of vanished dynasties, with communism and today's tiger economy. The mad woman on the bridge wears a historical gown which she refuses to take off. In the height of summer she stands madly on the bridge. Until a young female doctor, bewitched by the beauty of the mad woman's dress, plots to take it from her, with tragic consequences.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774529
  • 9780552774529
  • 630,207

Review quote

"What i admire most is Su Tong's style ...delicate yet bizarre. His strokes are restrained but merciless. He is a true literary talent." Anchee Min "Su Tong writes beautiful, dangerous prose." Meg Wolitzer "For RAISE THE RED LANTERN, 'A remarkable story, subtle and profound'" The New York Times "Sensual and tragic" Sunday Times "Su Tong's evocation of one family's destiny in 1930s China is stark and vivid in the extreme. A chilling and macabre tale, characteristically told with imagination and unflinching honesty" Time Outshow more

About Su Tong

Born in 1963 in Suzhou and now living in Beijing with his family, Su Tong is one of China's most celebrated bestselling authors, shooting to international fame in 1993 when Zhang Yimou's film of his novella Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for an Oscar. Madwoman on the Bridge is his first collection of short stories ever to be published. It is to be followed by his latest novel, Check, a violent drama set in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, to be published by Doubleday in 2009.show more

Review Text

"Sensual and tragic"show more

Back cover copy

'Su Tong writes beautiful, dangerous prose' Meg Wolitzer The mad woman on the bridge wears a historical gown which she refuses to take off. In the height of summer, to the derision of the townspeople, she stands madly on the bridge. Until a young female doctor, bewitched by the beauty of the mad woman's dress, plots to take it from her, with tragic consequences. Set during the fall-out of the Cultural Revolution, these bizarre and delicate stories capture magnificently the collision of the old China of vanished dynasties, with communism and today's tiger economy. From the folklorist who becomes the victim of his own rural research, to the doctor whose infertility treatment brings about the birth of a monster child, to a young thief who steals a red train only to have it stolen from him, Su Tong's stories are a scorching look at humanity. 'Su Tong is an imaginative and skilful storyteller' New York Times 'Overwhelming and imaginative virtuosity' Rick Moodyshow more

Rating details

78 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 22% (17)
4 45% (35)
3 17% (13)
2 15% (12)
1 1% (1)
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