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Jolley Prize 2016 (Shortlist): 'The Water Calligrapher's Women' by Jonathan Tel

August 2016, no. 383

Jolley Prize 2016 (Shortlist): 'The Water Calligrapher's Women' by Jonathan Tel

August 2016, no. 383

She says it was a man, an old man (but all men are old to her), which man, what did he look like, what was he wearing, what did he do

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Comments (2)

  • This seems wonderful, but I don't get what it means! I'm just a young reader who doesn't know anything...but I really hope I could read and comprehend deeper works. Can someone explain to me what this short story means and why it is so good?
    Posted by Lilly
    01 September 2016
  • Everything get extended , bigger and demolished to new one , except his place,that got smaller and smaller. The waste ground was his voice. Everything found the new form , shape,structure as his voice.Year after year, he had taught ,how his voice transmitted from fluidity to solidity. From air to the ground from voice to calligraphy. Calligrapher Wu writes , writes on the ground ,writes his voice down.
    Calligrapher Wu was a fable but was a symbol. Symbol of the people , that are resilience. You can made them bow , you can strangle them, you can smash their soul ,character ,but they will survived and find the way to get their voice back.
    He believes “Suffering makes nation noble”. And he was noble but he suffered , suffered from society , wife ,daughter ,…..from all people that has forgotten him or maybe ignored him.And they made him to bow but he bow low.
    Posted by Rowshanak Homayoon
    03 August 2016

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