Wanting to eat men, at the same time afraid of being eaten themselves, they all look at each other with the deepest suspicion...
In the very first episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at The Diary of a Madman (狂人日记/Kuángrén Rìjì) It's the PRC Beijing Foreign Languages Press translation.
This is a foundational text for modern Chinese literature, and sure enough this podcast keeps on referring back here, to Episode 1. In this grim and surreal tale, a man describes his growing suspicion that his friends, his family, and his entire village has turned cannibal.
Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism by Frederic Jameson