• Chutzpah! Issue 15: Fathers

    Chutzpah Published 2013-09-06 23:09

    We didn't plan the theme of this issue—our contributors did. Rather, we found that almost all of our latest batch of manuscripts shared an overriding concern with the role of the father. So this issue's Special Space explores the idea of fatherhood in fiction: short stories by Liao Yuchen, Sun Yisheng, Ren Xiaowen, Zhao Song, Lu Yuan, Ma Yimu, and Brazilian author Michel Laub, including a stories ...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 14: Roots

    Chutzpah Published 2013-06-19 11:18

    This issue, for the first time, we’ve done away with Regular Space, and given the entirety of the magazine over to writings by authors of non-Han descent. Gaze into this ethnic kaleidoscope and you’ll see China through Tibetan, Mongolian, Kazakh, Uyghur, Yi, Sibo, Tung, and Tujia eyes; dig just beneath the surface and you’ll see that Chinese culture is fed by vast and ramifying system of roots. Fr...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 13: To Be Continued

    Chutzpah Published 2013-04-16 05:13

    Two years after our inaugural issue, you might still be wondering where that woman on the cover, walking on the banks of Ganges, was heading; we wish we knew! But we don’t, and we’re happy to savor the mystery. This issue—“To Be Continued”—is a celebration of uncertainty and incompleteness, with its Special Space showcasing two novels-in-progress, by Dung Kai-Cheung and Kang He. In Regular Space, ...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 12: The Future of Love

    Chutzpah Published 2013-03-15 00:52

    This issue, we return to one of literature's eternal themes: love. With help fromour guest editor, German author Ingo Niermann, we've put together a cornucopia of international writings that explore the changing nature of love past, present, andfuture. Four pieces by Niermann, Douglas Coupland, Ben Marcus, and AlexanderTarakhovsky comprise a "Manifesto of Love," while Han Song, Eva Munz, and Ignac...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 11: Xinjiang Time

    Chutzpah Published 2012-12-18 09:18

    Officially, China has only one timezone. But in Xinjiang, where the sun is sometimes still high in the sky as late as 11 pm Beijing time, locals set their clocks two hours behind. This issue, we at Chutzpah! are setting our clocks to "Xinjiang time" too, and banqueting early on literary fruits grown on that far western soil. Special Space features new short fiction by Uyghur author Alat Asem, Kaza...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 10: Worlds Apart

    Chutzpah Published 2012-10-16 03:47

    Collectors take note: you’ll need two copies of this issue to complete your library, as Issue 10 has two different cover images. And they are, in keepingwith this issue’s theme, worlds apart. From the banks of the Yellow River to the outskirts of Detroit, photographers Lin Dong andZhang Kechun capture vastly different vistas from one globalizing world. This unique special issue features Chinese tr...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 9: Speaking in Tongues

    Chutzpah Published 2012-08-08 05:37

    Two pairs of shoes, hung out to dry on the door of a family home in Hongjiang, Jiangxi province; behind them, on the weathered wood, the fading characters of a quote from the Little Red Book. No photo could better capture this issue’s theme: writing in dialect. In defiance of modern Mandarin’s monotone hegemony, these writers preserve the local, the marginal, the peripheries of language still unto...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 8: Femme Fatale

    Chutzpah Published 2012-06-23 06:25

    The deadly woman—we know her all too well, usually by her French name. Her irresistible charms have lured many into dissipation and self-destruction. This issue’s Special Space takes the form of two facing mirrors: on one side, writing about women; on the other, writing by women. Stories by Geoff Dyer, Ali Smith, F. G. Haghenbeck, Chang Hui-Ching and He Wapi reflect images of femininity from three...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 7: Uncrackable Cases

    Chutzpah Published 2012-06-23 06:23

    When you saw that deerstalker hat, you probably deduced that this issue’s theme is detective fiction and crime fiction. In Special Space, you’ll find six intrigues woven by Sinophone authors both from the Mainland and Taiwan—Qiu Xiaolong, Ji Qing, Fang Cheng, He Wapi, Jiang Xiaowen, and Sun Yisheng—as well as Jing Xiang on the genre’s evolution, Yu Bingxia on Colin Dexter, Zhu Tong on the Japanese...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 6: The Revolutions

    Chutzpah Published 2011-11-02 03:25

    Brace yourself for a tour of a world on fire. Xu Yu sets the stage with an overview of protest movements down the ages, from the Paris Commune to the Zapatistas, from the May Fourth Movement to the Arab Spring. From there, Tahar Ben Jelloun’s fiction takes us to the roots of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, Zhang Jieping’s reportage penetrates post-revolutionary Egypt, and the editorial team of n+1, ...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 5: The Diaspora

    Chutzpah Published 2012-03-17 02:06

    Beginning with acclaimed Chinese-American poet Li Young-Lee, this issue features the writers of the Chinese Diaspora, with works originally written both in English and in Chinese. Short stories by Ha Jin, Yiyun Li, Xiaolu Guo, and Li Zishu depict the lives of Chinese living abroad, while in memoir form, Li Young-Lee describes the family life of his grandfather Yuan Shikai and Amy Tan writes about ...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 4: Vision of Eros

    Chutzpah Published 2012-03-17 02:02

    Warning: The contents of this issue may not be suitable for coffee shopor subway reading. Yang Lian, China’s virtuoso of erotic poetry, kicks off and concludes this collection of new and classic writing for mature readers, which includes fiction by George Bataille, Bernard Noël, Francisco Umbral, Martha McPhee, and Elena Kolyadina, essays by Jonathan Dollimore and Hao Yu-hsiang, and reviews by Wan...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 3: Mapping Poetry

    Chutzpah Published 2011-11-04 02:16

    Remember the 80s? Not disco—literary salons, underground journals, all-night poetry readings. In China, the 80s were a cultural renaissance. And the poets were the culprits: championing the life of the mind in the face of poverty and adversity, they sparked an intellectual blaze whose embers still burn today. In this issue, memoirs by poets Da Xian, Cheng Dongdong, Han Dong, and Wan Xia map the po...

  • Chutzpah! Issue 2: Universal Narratives

    Chutzpah Published 2011-05-28 07:06

    Last issue, we returned to the soil; this issue, we gaze at the stars. “Sci fi” might be too narrow a term to capture the far-seeing visions of these authors, so we’ve coined a new catchphrase: Universal Narratives. Stories by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Paolo Bagicalupi and Jeff Noon share this issue’s Special Space with works by Chinese authors of… um… “Un-Nar”—Han Song, Fei Dao, Chen Qiufa...

  • Chutzpah! Inaugural Issue: Agrarian Asia

    Chutzpah Published 2011-05-28 06:56

    The inaugural issue of Chutzpah! Literary Bimonthly was released on April 1, 2011. The magazine has two sections: Special Space and Regular Space. “Agrarian Asia,” is the featured theme of this issue’s Special Space,focusing on the history, reality, and intellectuals’ participation in social movements concerning rural development. The issue includes essays and fiction by Arundhati Roy, author of T...



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