Geremie Barmé was the Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University and is the Editor of China Heritage. His books include The Forbidden City (Wonders of the World) and In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture. (November 2017)

IN THE REVIEW

The True Story of Lu Xun

Ah Q on his way to be hanged; illustration by Feng Zikai from a 1939 edition of Lu Xun’s ‘The True Story of Ah Q’

Jottings Under Lamplight

by Lu Xun, edited by Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A. Denton

A New Literary History of Modern China

edited by David Der-wei Wang
Addressing an audience at the Hong Kong YMCA in February 1927, the writer Lu Xun (the pen name of Zhou Shuren, 1881–1936) warned that despite ten years of literary revolution and the promotion of a written vernacular language, Chinese people had still not found a voice. They were all living …