Dragons: Shorter Fiction of Leung Ping Kwan

Ping Kwan LEUNG, Laura NG (Editor), John MINFORD (Editor), Wendy CHAN (Translator), Man Jasmine TONG (Translator), David MORGAN (Translator)

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Abstract

Leung Ping Kwan brought as much talent and inspiration to the writing of his short stories as he did to his poems. ‘I have drawn on magical realism to explore the absurdity of Hong Kong,’ he wrote of the story ‘See Mun and the Dragon’ (1975) in which we find him using a simple, clipped style. The later story ‘Drowned Souls’ (2007) was written in a more symbolic, lyrical and more complex manner. Although the two stories are separated by over thirty years, and are in many ways so very different, dragons play a prominent part in both. The dragon has always been a fascinating creature, a complex embodiment of the timeless soul of China, symbol of the universal power of the imagination, of the creative energy and transformative possibilities of the Tao. Both of these enchanting stories are anchored in the author’s idea of freedom and liberation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Chinese University of Hong Kong Press
Number of pages188
ISBN (Print)9789882371903
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 2021

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    LEUNG, P. K., NG, L. (Ed.), MINFORD, J. (Ed.), CHAN, W., (TRANS.), TONG, M. J., (TRANS.), & MORGAN, D., (TRANS.) (Accepted/In press). Dragons: Shorter Fiction of Leung Ping Kwan. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.