[The Hanging on Union Suare] Kindle ✓ H.T. Tsiang
N decides to survive his class Tsiang s writing style is simple but earnest like Mr Nut himself There is a bit of political poetry reminiscent of Chinese propaganda However the lack of literary form is not a distraction as it could be to some It is a freedom to address a message that Capitalism is the root of evil in man That it causes men and women to lose their morals in their desperation to escape That Communism just might be the solution to this whole mess A thought provoking read Into The Mind Of the mind of Chinese American activist of the 30
S Highly Recommend This Highly recommend This novel 174 pages of text aligns with the satirical work of GEORGE SCHUYLER S 1931 BLACK NO MORE IT PLAYS Schuyler s 1931 Black No More it plays but bitterly as a critiue of class and limitations of social movement on American bodies The last fifteen pages are especially biting offering the connective tissue to texts as varied as John Dos Passos s USA trilogy Carlos Bulosan s America Is in the Heart Nathanael West s The Day of the Locust or Ann Petry s The Street HT Tsiang s 1935 novel originally rejected by every publisher and printed by the author himself has finally gotten the Penguin Classic treatment an astounding reversal of fortune for a seminal Asian American work unlike anything you ve ever read Written almost allegorically it slips the bounds of that genre with a provocative complex approach to politics class and race that is just as relevant and hilarious today The riots desperation evictions demeaning gigwork misplaced capitalist pride socialist organizing and police infiltration in Tsiang s Union Suare are eerily similar to our Union Suare todayWhat makes this book so durable is the way it refuses to be pigeonholed young authors take note You cannot say that Tsiang is for or against communism or writing a comedy or a drama and not in a wishy washy way Rather he is deeply playfully and imaginatively thinking about the world as he sees it looking at his characters with stern unbiased affection and allowing the world its irreducible contradictions The cast may have silly names and appear to be taking roles in a didactic sermon but as you read you discover that the sermon has no answers and the final denouement is so profound and gut wrenching that it dissolves any attempt at reduction Because of all this the uestions still linger today and are just as if not urgent How we can we help the neediest What are they to do Are the pleasures our capitalist society affords inherently twisted Do they corrupt any attempt to transcend or destroy them Is there another option Is the idea of another option moot These things will stick with you during and after your travel with this gimlet eyed genius and I sincerely hope he will influence a new generation of writers to pen novels that have this ind of bone deep lucid originality and experimental fuck all. Aspirations to become a radical activist Absurdist inventive and suffused with revolutionary fervour The Hanging on Union Suare is a work of blazing wit and originality. .
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His bill A strange but fascinating glimpse into an era in American history that feels suspiciously similar to our own HT Tsiang was a Chinese American poet and troublemaker who was active during the Great Depression He self published this book and printed the rejection letters on the inside cover It s an absurd funny at times chilling romp through the communist movement in 1930s New York which from this book at least seemed like a surprisingly strong movement Imagine in 15 years Darryl Issa starts blacklisting actors who sympathized with Occupy New York and you ll strong movement Imagine in 15 years Darryl Issa starts blacklisting actors who sympathized with Occupy New York and you ll a pretty good frame of the times As a novel it had its problems but as an encapsulation of an era and a point of view that I ve never seen represented it was a worthwhile read I ll split the difference and give it 3 stars A strange take on America in the 1930s the Depression the New Deal Communism Socialism Capitalism written by an eccentric Chinese intellectual philosopher and actor Worth reading HT Tsiang s The Hanging on Union Suare is an absurdist comic adventure similar in plot to Bunyan s Pilgrim s Progress only instead of an early modern everyman attempting to find Christian salvation in a postlapsarian world it features instead a depression era American trying to get money in downtown Manhattan among conmen sexual deviants and various and sundry anti capitalist radicals Along the way he gets caught up in a public suicide performance art project that a thriving corporate America desperately wants to monetize The novel is as crazy as it sounds and I thoroughly enjoyed it though I have a taste for the odd and absurd that I m not sure many other people share The novel is so unlike most other books published So much so in fact that the author was forced to self publish it back in the 30s because it was rejected by everyone else Lucky for us Penguin Classics has republished it this year I d say if you enjoyed the early Tao Lin novels and would like to see that style combined with John Dos Passos socialist social commentary before a trip to the Soviet Union and his experience in the Spanish Civil War disillusioned him with leftism then The Hanging on Union Suare
Is For You Mr Tsiang Takes Us On A Surrealistfor you Mr Tsiang takes us on a surrealist journey in the LES during the Great Depression Era We follow Mr Nut an Everyday Schmo Just Trying To Make His schmo just trying to make his up in the world but not uite catching a break He is not a smart man but he has his honor and his pride which don t always work in his favor He is relatable as are all of Tsiang s symbolic characters Ms Digger who only goes for rich men Stubborn who cannot eep a job because she doesn t dig deep enough Mr Wiseguy the opportunist always trying to get over and Mr System the greedy businessman whom Mr Nut once wanted to embody but isn t so sure about any The novel is driven by story It supposes how ma. Disgruntled workers at a Communist cafeteria lecherous old men sexually exploited women and pesky authors all of whom eventually convince him to cast off his bourgeois. ,
After finishing The Hanging on Union Suare it s easy to see why publishers would have been reticent to take a chance on this book in 1935 it s a bold novel even by today s standards HT Tsiang s socialist Communist Leftist Whatever labels are dumb allegory centering around protagonist Nut s travels around Union Suare no doubt has renewed significance in the post Occupy world a timing which makes Kaya s publication of the novel far from coincidental But than topical plot Hanging s allure lies in Tsiang s playful wordsmithing and experimentation with form poetry philosophical waxing non seuiturs Even if you don t care for the destination the journey on which Tsiang takes you is darn enjoyable and lamentably short More accurately 355 starsA bizarre melange of style and form The Hanging On Union Suare is indebted primarily to socialist realismrevolutionary romanticism and agitprop drama both contemporary to Tsiang in New York where he was living as a leftist agitator and student I m not sure I d call the novel a success it is however at the very least an interesting mess of a book The plot meanders in fits and starts the characters are unsurprisingly fairly one dimensional with names like Mr Nut Mr System and Miss Digger that clue you in to what their deal is pretty uickly The main character Mr Nut is a fairly typical everyman you in to what their deal is pretty uickly The main character Mr Nut is a fairly typical everyman and Tsiang works hard to make him as broad as possible Whereas his previous books especially China Has Hands were focused on racial identification as well as class issues here Tsiang largely drops the former in favor of the latter Though its possible to read Mr Nut as a version of the author himself its probably much easier to read him as generically American and by extension presumably white Tsiang s message about class and capitalism is at the forefront of the novel and its possible he wished to avoid turning away any potentially sympathetic working class readersThe mix of humor and grotesue imagery and scenes makes for a novel that reads as modern than its 1935 publishing date A weird book its hardly a surprise that Tsiang had to self publish his books Nevertheless a partial triumph of sorts for a book its author ambitiously subtitles An American Epic As it is written in the introduction to this book reading this is like stepping inside someone else s hallucination It is very odd and I still can t uite figure out what it is that I read This book
deserves to be well nown It s a story set in the Depression focusing on a guy sitting in ato be well nown It s a story set in the Depression focusing on a guy sitting in a who gets a bill for 10 cents but he s lost a nickel and only has 5 cents So he sits there all day long trying to find his lost nickel and trying to borrow a nickel from someone else in the restaurant The story develops from there involving all the people he meets while he s seeking the extra 5 cents to pay. In Depression era New York Mr Nut is an oblivious American everyman who wants to strike it rich Over the course of a single night he meets a cast of strange characters. ,