Year of publication: 2012
Li Yu The Carnal Prayer Mat TRANSLATED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES, BY PATRICK HANAN INTRODUCTION What first attracted me to Li Yu was his love of comic invention. Broadly speaking, he once wrote to a friend, everything I have ever written was intended to make people laugh. He was never content, as other writers were, to make minor variations upon the standard literary themes. Instead he submitted those themes to a drastic overhaul and created a new comedy of his own, claiming all the while ...