Liu Heng's "Black Snow" Book Review by Karson

Liu Heng's "Black Snow"
Looks at the subtexts and central themes behind Liu Heng's contemporary Chinese novel "Black Snow".
# 147359 | 1,830 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011

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This paper explains that Liu Heng's "Black Snow", which
is a realist work in the author's earlier stage (1985), deals with the anxiety of modern Chinese people through the life of a tragic civilian, Li Huiquan. Next, the author reviews the themes of obsession with death, of social alienation, of Chinese socialism under its Marxists framework and of nihilism as depicted by protagonist. The paper concludes that "Black Snow" represents a part of contemporary China, which is not presented in the mainstream media.

Table of Contents:
1980s and China
Tragic Li in the New China
The Meaning / Meaninglessness of Li

From the Paper:

"However, an unusual approach and perspective can be seen in Liu Heng's work. To understand the tragic figure Li, it is important to look into the political context of China in the 1980s. When talking about China's politics, we instinctively come up with a word "ideology". An ideology is a kind of story; a fantasy about the world intended to justify political action. The story needs not be true; in fact in the case of socialist ideology as in China, its purpose is not to explain to the world in any objective sense but to motivate people to take an intended political action. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baudrillard, Jean. "Ch 18." Simulacra and Simulation. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1994. Print.
  • Baudrillard, Jean. The Intelligence of Evil or the Lucidity Pact. Oxford: BERG, 2005. Print.
  • Liu, Heng, and Howard Goldblatt. Black Snow. New York: Grove, 1993. Print."The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts." Marxists Internet Archive. Web. 15 Mar. 2011. <>.

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