Manoa, vol. 15, no. 2 (2003): The Mystified Boat

The Mystified Boat cover imagePresented by Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing

The Mystified Boat: Postmodern stories from China.

Guest-edited by Herbert Batt and featuring paintings by Mu Xin.

As international art and ideas become more influential among the young writers of China, authors have found innovative ways to express their changing perspectives and to challenge conventions of thought as well as style.

Editor’s Note, vii



Into the Labyrinth: An Introduction, 49
Yongchun Cai and Herbert J. Batt


A Date in Purple Bamboo Park, 1
Ge Fei

The Master, 8
Ma Yuan

The Saddled Deer, 29
Hong Ying

Death without a Burial Place, 57
Su Tong

The Golden Stupa, 68
Ma Jian

The Black Road, 74
Ma Yuan

The Seat on the Verandah, 83
Lin Bai

Starboy and I, 111
Yan Li

The Land of Peach Blossoms, 125
Can Xue

The Death of an Artist, 135
Wang Anyi

The Mystified Boat, 142
Ge Fei

Death Narrative, 162
Yu Hua

Under the Spell of the Gangtise Mountains, 169
Ma Yuan


Inflorescence, 41
Arthur Sze

Reviews (Bottom section of page), 203

About the Contributors, 214