Category Archive: Wang Anyi

王安忆笔下变化中的上海

来源:文汇报

作者:陈思和

王安忆笔下变化中的上海 ——《众声喧哗》解读

陈思和

●王安忆的小说越来越抽象,几乎摆脱了文学故事的元素,与其说是讲述故事还不如说是在议论故事。

●小说后半部分叙事中故事的因素逐渐精彩起来,冲突构成了。作家通过一个江湖女性,向一个老朽、一个傻蛋发起精神攻势,在意味十足的、具有巴尔扎克经典小说风格的故事叙事背后,多了一层古老东方人情戏。 Click here to read more »

王安忆新作关注边缘人 称小说生来就是世俗的

来源: 北京日报

作家王安忆近日出了一本新书《众声喧哗》,该书除了主打的同名中篇小说外,还收入了6篇王安忆近年创作的短篇小说。不厚的一本书,让读者感受到上海市井生活的实在味道和氛围,还有深植于作者内心中的对小人物的尊崇。“我作品里关注的都是很边缘的人。曾有人对我说,上海这么发达,股市这么红火,怎么不反映上海的主流人群?”王安忆说,其实这样的“主流”进入不了她的审美视野,美学关注的反而是独特的个体存在。 Click here to read more »

【晨读笔记】名园,名楼与名城

天天新报

在王安忆的小说《天香》里,昔日上海有处“天香园”,书画入绣天下一绝。“天香园”原型即是沪上明代名园“露香园”,后因战火被毁,盛景不存。在上海近期的旧区改造中,地处老城厢历史风貌保护区的露香园地块,未来将成为上海旧区改造的经典案例。 

  旧城改造免不了要拆旧建新,荒废多年的露香园正待改造,而有些已损毁的历史建筑如今已是面貌一新,前不久计划联合申遗的黄鹤楼、岳阳楼、滕王阁等“中国十大名楼”,虽然多半是原地重建或是选址重建的现代建筑,但还有着“组团申遗”的念想;无独有偶,在前不久的大运河申遗考察汇报会上,考察组指出在申遗过程中要注意对古建筑古文物的保护,不能因为过度追求城市发展速度,打造出太多的仿古建筑,影响到原生态。 

  不仅历史名胜如此,各地名城也不甘寂寞,眼下全国有几十个历史名城欲巨资复建,云南要建“七彩云南”古滇王国文化旅游名城,陕西启动“回到明朝”古城修复工程,湖南要依托古城新建“烟雨凤凰”……有些古城重建有着较完整的规划,对“拆”与“建”的利弊得失有着比较清醒的认识;而有些城市则信奉“不破不立”,把文化遗存阻碍城市建设的困惑,视为“投鼠忌器”的束缚。 

  无论是“申遗”还是“名城”,很多项目都是先高调贴上“标签”,但在过程中却会遇到现实的难题,结果使这些名楼名城成了争议的焦点。中华文化泱泱千年,自然景观况且沧海桑田,何况是古城名楼。用最朴素的观点来看,“拆旧”是为了城市发展,“仿古”是为了文化再造,但文化恰恰不是再生资源。不复存在的“露香园”可以改造,而对于那些现存的甚至还在使用之中的文化遗存,改造就要慎之又慎。 

  最近还有一则新闻,作为“圆明园文物回归形象大使”的影星成龙向圆明园管理处捐赠了道具“十二兽首”,这事作为电影的宣传噱头还凑合,要真把这些仿制品当做古董可就贻笑大方了——就像王安忆笔下的“天香园”,有些已经永远消失的胜景,还是让他们沉睡在美好的传说和回忆里吧。

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Materialism a threat to China’s literary culture, fears Wang Anyi

SCMP

Oliver Chou

With more than 60 literary works under her belt, Shanghai-based author Wang Anyi is regarded as one of the most prolific and influential writers in contemporary China. Her 2011 novel, Scent of Heaven, won the 2012 Dream of the Red Chamber Award, which includes a HK$300,000 cash prize. Shortly after receiving the award in Hong Kong, the 58-year-old Fudan University professor spoke to Oliver Chou about her inspiration and the future of literature. Click here to read more »

Wang Anyi’s Scent of Heaven wins 4th Dream of the Red Chamber Award

SCMP

Jennifer Cheng

“Chinese prize-winning author Wang Anyi” Video by Hedy Bok
Shanghai-based author’s Ming-era novel triumphs in Baptist University competition

Shanghai author Wang Anyi scored a big hit with her 1995 novel Song of Everlasting Sorrow, which was adapted into a film and television series. But the book overshadowed her five subsequent novels and she was feeling pressure to reproduce her earlier success.

The 58-year-old writer finally accomplished this with her latest novel, Scent of Heaven, published last year, winning the grand prize in the 4th Dream of the Red Chamber Award, which recognises Chinese novelists from around the world. The award is held every two years by Hong Kong Baptist University’s faculty of the arts and comes with a prize of HK$300,000.

She received her award yesterday at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The prize honours the Chinese literary classic Dream of the Red Chamber, but the submitted works do not have to be related to the book.

Last year Wang was a finalist in the Man Booker International Prize for her novel An Era of Enlightenment, published in 2007.

Judges of the Baptist University prize included professors and writers who asked publishers on the mainland and in Taiwan and Hong Kong last November to submit their recommendations.

Wang’s prize-winning novel is set in Shanghai in the late Ming dynasty – 1368 to 1644 – and focuses on the meticulous women’s craft of embroidery called gu xiu - which originated from the women of the once-wealthy Gu clan.

“It’s a handicraft that the rich family performed as a hobby, but when they lost their wealth the womenfolk stepped in to make a living with their embroidery that became world famous.”

Wang’s novel is loosely based on the Gu clan, which she renames the Shen family, and tells the story of several dozen members spanning four generations.

Professor Chung Ling, chair of the final judging panel and emeritus professor at Baptist University, said: “The novel is like an encyclopedia for the culture of the Southern Yangtze Delta region.”

Despite delving into the history and geography of Ming-era Shanghai, Wang’s intention was not to record history but to explore the desires of her characters – which she said were timeless.

“Take the female characters,” she said. “They want marriage, fidelity and the love of their man. This is timeless even in today’s society, which we might think has become more open-minded, but when a woman meets someone she loves, she still desires marriage and his fidelity.”

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1053257/wang-anyis-scent-heaven-wins-4th-dream-red-chamber-award

Interview: Wang Anyi

Time Out Shanghai

China’s first female International Man Booker Prize nominee

Wang Anyi is China’s first female author listed for a Man Booker International Prize. Charlotte Middlehurst and Blessing Waung visit her Shanghai home and meet a literary heavyweight who has never heard of Philip Roth

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