History and Literature of China.
Lu Xun (1881-1936) was one of the most important poets of 20th century China. He belonged to a generation of compatriots, eager to learn more about foreign cultures while rejecting western imperialism in the Far East. At the same time, he was opposing the traditional bounds of Confucianism. Therefore, he studied in Japan and visited Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution. His interest in foreign literature made him known as a translator of Gogol, Gorki and Tschechow. After having finished his studies, he worked as a teacher at different places in China, among which the universities of Beijing and Guangzhou have to be mentioned. In 1919, the patriotic "Movement of May 4" made of him a popular figure among China's young intellectuals. As a result of his political activities, he finally had to move to the international territory of Shanghai where he was secure from Chinese warlords' persecution. Some of his better known literary works are:
Diary of a Madman (1918), The True Story of Ah Q. (1921), Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk (1927), Wild Grass (1927).
Some English translations of Lu Xun's works are available on the web.