Lu Xun, the father of modern Chinese literature, is an essential read for the intermediate and advanced student of Chinese. Nahan is his first collection of short stories and includes some of his most famous short stories. The most famous works include: A Madman's Diary, Kong Yiji, Medicine, Hometown, A Passing Storm, and A Village Opera.
Due to its complex writing system, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages in the world. Full literacy of Chinese requires a working knowledge of three to four thousand Chinese characters and breaking into reading Chinese literature is a daunting task.
Capturing Chinese Short Stories from Lu Xun's Nahan is a comprehensive tool to help students of Chinese read Chinese literature in its original form. Footnotes highlight the more difficult vocabulary and pinyin is provided for the entire text. There is no need to constantly consult a dictionary or look up difficult characters by radical. Historical events, people and places are explained throughout and illustrations recreate the scenes.
* Full stories unabridged in simplified Chinese
* Pinyin for the entire text
* Definitions for difficult vocabulary
* Historical explanations and summaries
* Illustrations throughout
* Free MP3s read by two native speakers
Please note, the text is in simplified Chinese characters.
The following stories are included:
* Nahan Preface
* Diary of a Madman
* Kong Yiji
* A Small Incident
* A Story About Hair
* A Passing Storm
* Dragonboat Festival
* The White Light
* A Comedy of Ducks
* Some Rabbits and a Cat
* Village Opera