狂人日记 (Kuāngrén Rìjì), ”A Madman’s Diary”, is one of Lŭ Xùn’s best known short stories, written in 1918.
Written in diary format, the story follows a man who convinces himself that everybody else wants to eat him. He sees proof of the conspiracy everywhere.
Wherever he looks, people have this weird look in their eyes. When the doctor comes, he thinks “ha, he’s not actually feeling my pulse, he’s just checking to see how fat I am!”
When he talks to people about flesh-eating, they turn pale: it must be because they’re afraid of being found out! When they call him a madman, he thinks it’s part of the ploy to discredit him, so they can be justified in eating him.
The story ends with the madman wondering if there are perhaps still children who haven’t eaten human flesh yet. Perhaps the children can still be saved…
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