Ah Q is an indolent and spiteful man from the rural peasant class. He has scant education, no clear job, and a ludicrously high opinion of himself. This unique combination of traits makes him a perpetual target of derision and abuse, yet Ah Q is nonetheless convinced that the indignities leveled against him amount to something of a “spiritual victory”—even as he finds himself succumbing to the tyranny of his oppressors. An anarchic satire and one of the first works of fiction to fully utilize modern vernacular Chinese, The True Story of Ah Q was a sensation upon publication and immediately established Lu Xun as a radical literary voice for twentieth-century Asia.
Revised edition: Previously published as The True Story of Ah Q, this edition of The True Story of Ah Q (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.