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Fate Is Like Smoke and Poetry Is Like a Song: A Reading of Ge Fei’s Novels

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Chinese Journal of Literary Criticism

No.1, 2022 

 

Fate Is Like Smoke and Poetry Is Like a Song: A Reading of Ge Fei’s Novels

(Abstract)

 

Fan Xing

 

Ge Feis novels are based on revealing some little-known mysteries of history and fate. His early works have the hazy and mysterious feeling of avant-garde fiction as well as thrilling stories, but they are also filled with the vicissitudes of folk history. The later Jiangnan Trilogy, through a poetic elaboration of the pursuit and disillusionment of the three generations of a family, interweaves the ups and downs of an era of great changes and the secret life of civil society. It also portrays the mind of traditional literati in a fashion that draws upon classical Chinese poetry: open-minded, unworldly, rich in feelings, subtle and profound.