Category: Essays

The Tears of Love between Nostalgia and Beauty In “A Dream of Red Mansions” and Bulgarian literature and culture

Сълзите на любовта между носталгията и красотата в романа «Сън в алени покои» и българската литература by Petko Hinov (Bulgaria) A. Introducing «A Dream of Red Mansions» to Bulgarian Readership Presenting A Dream of Red Mansions in Bulgarian translation for the first time is not an easy undertaking. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first Chinese classical novel translated into my native tongue, if we accept the term as referring to the period of Ming and Qing dynasties. What could possibly relate a novel of such grandeur to our Bulgarian mind? What thread could possibly lead a Bulgarian reader through the folds of time back into a past unknown and unsavoured, such as the past Cao Xueqin describes? I took betook myself…

One Ordinary Evening

By Petko Hinov From the original Bulgarian essay: http://petkohinov.com/?p=1134 One ordinary evening. The rains showered, the clouds melted and of them remained only serenely-white tatters—now they drift away like the minutes of a clock and wipe away the last raindrops from the serenely-blue heaven. Kathy fell asleep in my embrace. I took her outside—to let her breathe the cool air of the fields while sleeping. Everything is melting outside—the evening is melting, the sunset is melting, the clouds are melting, the silence is melting, the birdsongs are melting. My life is melting and in this ceaseless, ever more obvious melting, I cherish the dearness of this moment. This moment is dear to me, because I contemplate it from the future. I have returned back in time forty years. This sleeping two-year old child—it is I.…

Selected Essays on Chinese Classic Novels

«Baochai Chasing Butterflies»: Mood and Thoughts A fascinating analysis of the symbolism of butterflies and fans in classical Chinese culture, with lots of references to Chinese literature and poetry; and a profound reading of one very short, but profusely meaningful episode in A Dream of Red Mansions – the moment when Xue Baochai chases two huge butterflies in the beginning of Chapter 27 of the novel. Translated by me in English from the Chinese original for China Intercontinental Press’s magnificent edition of «Selected Essays on Chinese Classic Novels». Baochai_Chasing_Butterflies_HLM.Ch_.27   Подобни статии | 相关文章: Чудните дела на съдията Бао – глава втора Bao_Ch002…... Child’s Eyes: Audio Impressions…