''A Dictionary of Maqiao'' () is a novel
written by Chinese writer Han Shaogong
It was first published in 1996 and was translated into English by Julia Lovell
'' selected it as one of the top 100 greatest Chinese novels in the 20th century.
The novel is set in Maqiao, a village in Hunan
. It is written in the form of a dictionary, or more accurately, encyclopedia
. It collects 115 ‘articles’ on Maqiao village life from the perspective of a young student sent there by the Down to the Countryside Movement
. These ‘articles’ cohere into a story.
After the book was published, some critics claimed that was an imitation of Milorad Pavić
's novel, ''Dictionary of the Khazars
The author, Han Shaogong, claimed never to have read Pavić's work.
He brought a defamation
case against the critics
and won this case in 1999 at Haikou
Complete Review of ''A Dictionary of Maqiao''
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