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Happy new year to Literature SE!

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month, it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout January 2019, our topic challenge, proposed by Christophe Strobbe, will be

Lu Xun / 鲁迅.


What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during January we should all try to read or learn about some works of Lu Xun and post thoughtful and interesting questions about them.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions on other works are more than welcome during January too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of Lu Xun books, in whatever language you prefer, and asking good questions about them. These questions should be tagged with and , and whatever individual-work tags or other tags are applicable. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Further information (copied from Christophe's original proposal):

Below are just a few of his most famous stories:

For English translations, see for example,

There are also French translations, German translations etc.

Some online stories:

What's next?

  • Vote here for the next topic challenge, or propose your own!
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List of all questions posted in the January 2019 Topic Challenge


The highest-voted of these are How did Lu Xun choose his pen name? and Where is the wordplay in the names Zhao Guiweng and Gu Jiu?, with a score of 2 by the end of the month.

The most viewed is How did Lu Xun choose his pen name?, with approximately 65 views by the end of the month.

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