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Introduction
Love, A Year Later当爱越过年轮 
This book attempts to describe the turmoil and hopelessness of society in the late 1940s as mirrored by the rough life of its protagonist, Miao Daniu. The child of a poor rural family, he is filled with high hopes for life and love, but often confuses his dreams with reality. Miao falls hopelessly in love with Laurel, the daughter of a rich family, but she offers him no true affection in return. Instead, he walks away labeled a lascivious criminal, and would be well on his way to becoming a resentful ghost if it wasn’t for the helping hand of the ugly boss. Then, one dark and stormy night, a flash of lightning illuminates all for him to see. In the face of mortal hardships, he struggles to find his way home – only to leave it in disgust. For what Daniu has seen doesn’t just cause him to lose his home in space, but also his spiritual place in time, his source of emotional comfort and sustenance.
Preview
Translated by Li Mingxia, James McMath
It was early summer, near dusk. The village road was quiet, as was the pool beside it. Not even a wisp of wind seemed to disturb the silence. Miao Daniu walked up beside the pool and cast his eye out over the water’s mirror-like surface and up along the lush reed-covered banks. Just then, Miao’s heartbeat quickened, and he felt his bladder grow: this one couldn’t wait. He quickly put down his pails and rushed over to the reeds. When he had gotten in 5 or 6 steps, though, a tornado-like gust of wind swirled by in front of him, and there in the shifting reeds flashed two dazzling balls of white. Then, in a blink of an eye, they were gone.
Miao Daniu stood there, scared stiff, seeming not to notice the urine dripping down his pants leg onto his ankles. It had happened so quickly, and so unexpectedly, that for a moment he truly thought he had seen a ghost. He had heard people tell ghost stories before, heard how spirits would often show up right at twilight in little villages and forests, near ditches and reeds, only to disappear again. But he had never heard of a ghost as blindingly white as this one, nor one that could run so fast it seemed like it was flying.
Gradually, he understood.
When he realized that those two white orbs might have been body parts, his head started ringing as loud as an earthquake, shaking him until he became dizzy. His whole body seemed to lose strength and he trembled so hard that he almost couldn’t stand.
From then on, those two white orbs hung in front of his eyes like a painting.
Sometimes, when he was in the middle of working or especially at night, those orbs would shimmer into view. The more they appeared, the clearer they would be, the more realistic, until they were simply two large, living breasts. This piqued his curiosity, and he couldn’t stop himself from wondering: How could they be so white? Sometimes, he even felt a twinge of regret, wondering why he didn’t get a better look.
One day, as Miao Daniu was carrying water past the gate of a courtyard, he noticed a girl inside picking flowers. He knew that they grew many types of flowers there – but this girl he had never seen before. She had the body of a willow tree, with a face like a plum blossom; two sharp eyes the color of grapes; and a pair of long, black pigtails.
Without quite realizing it, Miao Daniu had stopped there, completely forgetting about the pails he was carrying on his shoulders. His heart longed to fly up beside her like a happy chick, and ask what she was called, where she was from.
When the girl saw him standing there like that, she suddenly grew very timid, and rushed to hide herself in the flowers. But at the same time, there seemed to be something that she just needed to see clearly, and she carefully pulled away some branches so that she could look back out at him. Her cautious manner reminded him of a hungry sparrow.
The early summer was already quite hot, and what with the noontime sun and the load of water pressing down on his shoulders, Miao Daniu had begun sweating profusely. At first he didn’t notice, but soon he felt as if his face and body were covered with itchy, squirming bugs. When he reached out to grab at them, though, his hand came back full of sweat. It was then that he realized he was standing some place he really ought not to stand. It was a good thing it was noon and everyone was resting, or else someone might see him – and what would they say!
Miao knew he couldn’t stay where he was, and quickly started forward again, spilling water from his pails and washing away in an instant the flowers growing beside the road. But as he stepped past the entrance, he couldn’t help but glance inside. He wanted to see if the girl was still there – what was she doing? But who would have guessed that as soon as he’d turned his head, she’d be right there beneath the gateway! Her fingers played absentmindedly with a flower, and when Miao drew closer, she lightly threw it down at his feet, blocking his way forward. Miao froze in his tracks, his heart thumping.
 “Why were you watching me just now?” the girl said.
Miao Daniu thought she looked serious, but then again she didn’t seem to want any trouble, so he calmed down a little. Besides, the whole situation was kind of comical anyway: me, watch you? Weren’t you also watching me? Miao figured she was just some bored girl who’d come out looking for someone to talk to. Suddenly feeling inspired, he decided he’d tease her: “You look awfully familiar…haven’t I seen you somewhere before?”
 But she didn’t realize he was joking. “You, seen me? No way! You’ve got the wrong person!” she said anxiously.
 Miao Daniu felt like laughing: this girl was too serious. Really, what did it matter if he’d seen her before? He was just making small talk, after all. He didn’t want to press the issue, though, so he changed the subject, asking quietly: “What’s your name?”
The girl didn’t answer, and instead asked impatiently, “Tell me the truth, have you seen me before or not?”
“I won’t tell you unless you tell me your name!” he teased her.
 Hopeless, the girl responded, “If I tell you…you’ll tell me?”
“Go ahead.”
“My name is Laurel,” she said.
Laurel? Miao Daniu mouthed out the word a few times. But why? She looks so much like a flower – she should have been named Rose! And so he asked: “Are you here to pick flowers? Is that your job?”
“Hey, you still haven’t told me.”
 “Told you what?” Miao pretended not to remember.
“You, you liar!” the girl began to get anxious, and in a moment two little tears were slipping down her face.
 Miao instantly regretted making fun of her, and just when he was trying to think of something to say, Quinn the cripple called out from behind him: “Daniu, what, have you turned to stone or something? I’m still waiting to water the grass over here!”
Daniu turned again to look at Laurel, only to find that she had disappeared. Everything around him was still, the golden sun spilling down onto the fading, dreamlike image of her. All that was left was the flower by his feet, like a story of things past.
 Now, in addition to those white orbs in his eyes, a mysterious Laurel had taken root in his heart. Between staring at those and thinking of her, it seemed as if he had fallen into some enormous pit of quicksand, from which he couldn’t begin to extract himself.
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这两天抽空将才女姐姐博文从头到尾又看了一遍。许多感动,许多惊羡,竟不能言。问好!

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Love, A Year Later;You Are on the Highland!

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