Liang Bin - Famous Modern Fictionist
Liang Bin (Chinese: 梁斌, 1914-1996) wrote Keep the Red Flag Flying, which is among the most important novels created since the founding of new China.
Liang Bin and his wife
Keep the Red Flag Flying, through describing the history of three generations of the families of Zhu Laozhong and Yan Zhihe, and one generation of the Feng Youlan family, exposes the sharp conflict between the Chinese peasant and reactionary ruling classes, as well as with Japanese imperialism. It also reflects the close relationships between the peasants and the democratic revolution led by the Chinese peasant struggles.
The unveiling of the problems of peasant is accomplished by creative portraits of a series of peasant characters, especially Zhu Laozhong. ZhuLaozhong lives in a time spanning two separate historical periods. His strong hatred of the reactionary ruling class, his rebellious personality and indomitable fighting spirit are at the core of his character. As well, he is a man of great loyalty and self-sacrifice. Zhu Laozhong represents the great hatred of Chinese peasants for landlords and their powerful aspiration for revolution. Zhu Laozhong's character embodies that of the nation, the spirit of the times and the revolutionary. The characterization of Zhu Laozhong reaches a new level and is considered a great advance in modern Chinese literature.
The novel is successful in exploring and creating a distinct national-style literature. This achievement is mainly found in: the characterization embodying a strong national spirit; the description of folk customs with strong local color; and the form and expressive techniques which are greatly influenced by Chinese classical novels.
Spreading the Seeds of the Revolution and of the War(left) and Keep the Red Flag Flying (right)
Liang Bin's works also include Spreading the Seeds of the Revolution and of the War.