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By Bei Tong

While Handong, a ruthless and filthy rich businessman, is brought to Lan Yu, a naïve, working-class architectural student—the allure is all consuming.

Arrogant and privileged, Handong is unsettled through this hope, whereas Lan Yu quietly submits. regardless of divergent lives, the 2 males spend their nights jointly, constructing a deep connection. while loyalties are demonstrated, Handong is left wondering his secrets and techniques, his offerings, and his very identity.

Beijing Comrades is the tale of a torrid love affair set opposed to the sociopolitical unrest of late-eighties China. as a result of its depiction of homosexual sexuality and its critique of the totalitarian government, it was initially released anonymously on an underground homosexual web site inside mainland China. This riveting and heartbreaking novel, circulated all through China in 1998, speedy built a cult following, and is still a imperative paintings of queer literature from the People's Republic of China. this can be the 1st English-language translation of Beijing Comrades.

Bei Tong is the nameless writer of Beijing Comrades. The author's real-world id has been an issue of ongoing debate because the novel used to be first published.

Scott E. Myers is a translator of chinese language who makes a speciality of modern queer fiction from the PRC.

Petrus Liu is an associate professor of humanities at Yale-NUS university, Singapore.

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Thirdly, there is a perception that ‘if psychiatrists pay too much attention to content it might come to look as if they are acting as social agents in the suppression of certain belief systems, rather than as disinterested scientists applying general rules to distinguish the normal from the abnormal’ (p. 29). 1057/9780230290440 - Madness in Post-1945 British and American Fiction, Charley Baker, Paul Crawford, B. J. indd 30 8/25/2010 3:00:07 PM Mental States 31 The first function is apparent in our society’s tendency to deny, or, at least to de-emphasize, our capacity for bizarre beliefs and experiences.

22) Elements of Peter’s madness are described with phenomenal clarity and, as we have argued elsewhere (Crawford and Baker, 2009), Sayer provides insights into a particular type of madness with an emotive narrative patterning. Whilst we suggested in our opening chapter that we do not want to engage in symptom-spotting, here it is worth noting, because of the descriptive power used by Sayer, that Peter suffers from nihilistic delusions: ‘You see, bits of me were breaking loose, shaking free inside, kidneys, heart, spleen, even my intestines, were all freeing themselves from their moorings, lifting their roots from the brittle shell of my body which seemed to want nothing to do with keeping its respective components in place’ (p.

The Walnut licked his fingers, pushed his spectacles back on and thumbed with a leisurely sort of enjoyment. ‘Deranged ... ’ He looked at his audience to make sure of their attention. ‘Thrown into disorder. That’s about right. ’ He nodded agreeably at Ruth. ’ (p. 58) Here the doctor focuses the attention of Dick’s family, and the reader, away from the human and psychiatric compulsion to name and classify, towards a realisation of the actual relative unimportance of naming or labelling. There is a discrepancy between the doctor’s external observation of Dick and what may or may not be occurring internally, given that the doctor has no access to the actuality of Dick’s thoughts – only his external behaviour and speech, as the doctor comments: ‘He’s showing signs of severe paranoid delusion and he’s very excitable.

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