Story Title: ‘The Curse’ by A Yi; translated by Julia Lovell
Source: Guardian Books (available online as part of the Guardian’s ‘China stories’ series)
Date Read: 12th April 2012
Briefly: It begins with an argument between two neighbours over a chicken, and it ends on a sad and sorrowful note.
Afterthoughts: This is a sad and rather shocking tale about a feud between two neighbours, that ends with a curse which has far reaching consequences. It’s an OK story, but it’s spoilt somewhat by a rather stilted translation. I still found ‘The Curse’ to be readable but it definitely would have benefited from a less starchy translation.