Lu Hsün (essay date 1922)
SOURCE: A preface to Cheering from the Sidelines, in Lu Xun: Diary of a Madman and Other Stories, translated by William A. Lyell, University of Hawaii Press, 1990, pp. 21-8.
[The following essay was written in 1922 and published in the Beijing Morning Post in August 1923, the month Nahan (Call to Arms; here translated as Cheering from the Sidelines) was issued. Lu Hsün discusses the circumstances surrounding his earliest efforts at story writing.]
As a young man I had my share of dreams too. Later on I forgot most of them but saw nothing in the least regret-table about that. To be sure, reminiscence can afford us pleasure, but it can...
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