Chinese Literature Podcast

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Rob Moore and Lee Moore discuss Dong Xi’s Record of Regret with Dylan Levi King

 

Now available in English translation from Dylan Levi King, Dong Xi’s Record of Regret (first published by People’s Literature Press in 2005) exists at the intersection of sex and ideology. Telling the story of Ceng Guangxian, the grandchild of a landlord whose property was confiscated by the communists in 1949, the book memorably begins with deux chiens fourrent. Rob and Lee quiz Dylan on Dong Xi’s literary inspirations (“a mix of socialist realism and Madame Bovary“), his darkly funny, Kafkaesque takes on social alienation, and reception of his writing in China:

 

The Chinese Literature Podcast is recorded on the not so-sunny Eugene, Oregon, campus of the University of Oregon, with the generous support of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Rob Moore

Rob Moore is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon and co-host of the Chinese Literature Podcast. His current research focuses on translation practices in early modern China.

Lee Moore

Lee Moore is a PhD candidate at the University of Oregon in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Lee’s research focuses on how museums in the Chinese-speaking world create national and ethnic identities. Lee is also the co-host of the Chinese Literature Podcast and has written for The Economist.

Dylan Levi King

Levi King has lived and worked in the People’s Republic of China, including stints in Guangzhou, Nanjing and Dalian. He has spent months in a detention facility in Datong and weeks at the Four Seasons, Shenzhen. Dylan now lives in a tidy, dull neighborhood in central Tokyo, where he spends his days eating convenience store curry, chain-smoking Marlboro Menthol Ultra Lights, reading Guo Moruo and attempting to learn Japanese. His translation of Dong Xi's Record of Regret is available online at Amazon and you can read more of his writing on Medium.