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Authors & Asia: Xiaolu Guo, I Am China
Xiaolu Guo will discuss her newest novel I Am China on September 3 2014.
“A harrowing glimpse into post-Tiananmen repression in China… A semi-epistolary tale powered by what’s repressed and unsayable.” — Kirkus Reviews
Renowned author Xiaolu Guo’s newest novel I Am China explores rock ’n’ roll, revolution, and romance, seductively woven together in an intense and moving work. Guo—whose writing has been described as “original, humorous, and wise” (Amy Tan) and “funny and charming” (The Guardian)—will visit Asia Society Texas Center in support of her new release.
Following the program, Guo will visit with guests and sign books. Brazos Bookstore will sell I Am China on site, and copies can be reserved in advance through their website for pickup at the event.
About the Novel
In her North London flat, Iona Kirkpatrick sets to work on a new project translating a collection of letters and diaries by a Chinese musician. With each letter and journal entry, Iona becomes more and more intrigued with the unfolding story of two lovers: Jian, a punk rocker who believes there is no art without political commitment, and Mu, the young woman he loves as fiercely as his ideals.
About Xiaolu Guo
Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013.
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