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Appropriation and decline; the channels of translation

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The only Chinese-language collection of Artsybashev's stories to the present day, Xuehen (The Bloodstain) was published by the Kaiming (Enlightenment) Book Company in March 1927, and reached its seventh edition in August 1933. Zheng Zhenduo began his Introduction, signed in September 1926 (and apparently never reprinted in full since 1933), by naming Artsybashev and Gorky as his favourite Russian writers. The centrepiece of the collection edited by Zheng Zhenduo was the short novel Morning Shadows, previously published in three instalments in Xiaoshuo yuebao from January to March 1924. No other example in Chinese illustrates the unacceptability of Artsybashev for a Marxist critic as well as Qian Xingcun's treatment of The Bloodstain". Active as a translator since 1879 (the year following Artsybashev's birth), Percy Pinkerton divided his interests between the German, French and Italian cultural worlds.

Keywords: Artsybashev; Morning Shadows; Percy Pinkerton; The Bloodstain; Xuehen; Zheng Zhenduo



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