Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youthby Xiaolu Guo
The latest novel from Orange Prize finalist Xiaolu Guo is the enchantingly comic story of a young Chinese woman’s life as a film extra in hyper-modern, tumultuous Beijing. Though twenty-one-year-old Fenfang Wang has traveled 1,800 miles to seek her fortune in urban Beijing, she is ill-prepared for what greets her: a Communist regime that has outworn its welcome, a city in slap-dash development, and a sexist attitude more in keeping with her peasant upbringing than the country’s progressive capital. But after mastering the fever and tumult of the city, Fenfang ultimately finds her true independence in the one place she never expected. (Random House, Apr 11 2009, Pbk, 176pp)
About the Author
XIAOLU GUO published six books in China before moving 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 Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her last novel, I Am China was released in 2014. Her most recent book, Nine Continents: In and Out of China, is a memoir. Xiaolu is also a successful filmmaker of feature films, including She, A Chinese and UFO in Her Eyes, and documentaries; her work has premiered all over the world. Named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013. She lives in London and Berlin.
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