Ba Jin

Ba Jin, born Li Yaotang, was a renowned Chinese writer and translator, known for his significant contributions to modern Chinese literature. He is best known for his works such as 'The Family,' 'Spring,' and 'Autumn,' which are part of his 'Torrent Trilogy.'


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  1. 1. Cold Nights

    "Cold Nights" is a poignant love story set in the backdrop of China's turbulent political climate during the 1940s. The narrative follows the protagonist, Wan Da, as he navigates through the hardships of life, love, illness, and death. As his wife, Zhenzhen, falls ill with tuberculosis, Wan Da's struggle to secure medical help for her amidst the chaos of war paints a vivid picture of human endurance and the power of love. The book also explores themes of existentialism and the human condition, offering a profound look at life's hardships and the strength of the human spirit.

    The 1651st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Family

    "Family" is a compelling novel set in the early 20th century China, focusing on the Gao family, an aristocratic clan bound by traditional Confucian values. The story, primarily through the eyes of three young brothers, explores the struggles between old customs and emerging modern ideas during a time of societal upheaval. The protagonist, Juexin, grapples with familial duty and personal happiness, reflecting the broader conflict between individual desires and societal expectations. As the family members confront their destinies, the novel delves into themes of freedom, love, and the quest for reform, capturing the complex dynamics of family loyalty and the pains of a society in transition.

    The 2994th Greatest Book of All Time