鲁迅 (Lŭ Xùn) was the most influential fiction writer in modern Chinese history, and he deserves a theme week.
Lŭ Xùn was part of the New Culture Movement of the 1910s, which largely tried to pull China out of imperial times and into the modern age. He studied in Japan to become a doctor, but then famously decided that it was the minds, not the bodies, of the Chinese people that needed to be cured - through literature.
His most famous works are short stories, and they often have a “man-in-the-mirror” theme, revolving around people who are petty and flawed, stuck in the old imperial mindset.
Lŭ Xùn was one of the first popular authors to write in everyday language instead of literary Chinese, which helped increase literacy rates.
Stay tuned: The next four days we’ll highlight some of Lŭ Xùn’s most important work, known to every Chinese schoolchild, and soon to you!
Starting with the man in the mirror. Baidu Baike