Niu Xilan de Wenxue Lucheng
The history of New Zealand and its writers from the beginnings of the written word up to the present day. A book aimed at the Chinese reader, it takes the form of a series of essays drawing on the words of poets, short story writers, novelists and other essayists who have observed, thought, felt and written about New Zealand. ‘An Island Story’ is a series of six chapters looking at the years from 1790 to 1900. ‘Dead Wood Shall Bud’ in six further chapters follows the history of the country and its writers through the years from 1900 to 1950. ‘The Story of Something’ interweaves the memories of Stevan Eldred-Grigg with the writers and writing of the years since 1950, and at the same time continues to reflect upon the wider history of New Zealand. Translation into Mandarin by Annie Shih.
Zhou Le: ‘Pungent and quickwitted, moving and amusing, the book has no equal as an introduction not only to the literature but the history of a green dreamland in the South Pacific.’
Unitas, Taipei 2004