“The progress of the Chinese people,” LuXun declared, fifteen years before his own first satirical stories werepublished, “begins withscience fiction.”
The New York Review of Books June 7，2018 The Fantastic Truth About China
And while much of the genre remains escapist entertainment for the nation’s surplus of engineering students, its more literary practitioners have reclaimed its place at thevanguardof China’s national introspection.They are using it as aTrojan horseto sneak in truth so bliquely, offering notfeel-good bromidesbut twisted visions of what modern China has become.
Han Song himself—winner of the 2017 Chinese Nebula Award—is no less grim. His story “Security Check” in Touchable Unreality parodies China’s ubiquitous subway security scans, a symbol of the nanny state,which he imagines intensifying ad absurdum; while in “Finished,” an unfeelingboss traps a worker in aKafkaesqueargument about whyhe cannot get paid for his labor.
Franz Kafka(1883-1924) was a Czech-born German-language writer whose surreal fictionvividly expressed the anxiety, alienation, and powerlessness of the individualin the 20th century. Kafka's work is characterized by nightmarish settings inwhich characters are crushed by nonsensical, blind authority. Thus, thewordKafkaesqueis often applied to bizarre andimpersonal administrative situations where the individual feels powerless to understandor control what is happening. The first recorded appearance of"Kafkaesque" in English was in 1946.
1.: of, relating to, or suggestive of FranzKafkaor his writings;especially: having a nightmarishly complex,bizarre, or illogical quality
好吧，另一篇The Economist上的文章，劈头就来了一句:THEY’RE watching you.把奥威尔的小说融入了现实。
I spy with my many eyes
When East Germany collapsed in 1989, peoplemarvelled at the store of information the Stasi security service had garneredon them, and the vast network of informants it took to compile it. …AI helpsthem find needles in the digital haystacks thus assembled. Technologies thatonce seemed a friend of freedom, allowing dissidents in dictatorships tocommunicate and organise more easily, now look moreOrwellian, letting autocrats watch people even more closely thanthe Stasi did.
The not-quite-Gulag archipelago
As a result, more and more camps are beingbuilt: the re-educationarchipelagois adding islands even faster than the South China Sea.
I spy with my many eyes其实来自一句童谣，I spy with my little eyes. 所以童谣的确可以很可怕，是不是？比如阿婆的Ten little Indians，又或是最近的一首Lockdown，lockdown所反映的现实：
Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door
Shut the lights off, say no more
Go behind the desk and hide
Wait until it’s safe inside
Lockdown, lockdown, it’s all done
Now it’s time to have some fun!
Lockdown drills are common in schoolsacross the US.
TheGuardian 20180610 app
George Orwell is best known for his 1949dystopian novel "1984," with its themes of social injustice and acontrolling, authoritarian government. The wordOrwellianis most often used to talk about real-lifesituations that are reminiscent of this kind of state control and surveillance,called "Big Brother" in the book. Any hint that our government iswatching or listening to us as we make phone calls or do Internet searchesfeels at least a little bitOrwellian.
The Gulag Archipelagois a three-volume book written between 1958 and 1968 by Russianwriter and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.