I Am Chinaby Xiaolu Guo
An NPR Best Book of the Year
London translator Iona Kirkpatrick is at work on a new project: a collection of letters and diaries by a Chinese punk guitarist named Kublai Jian. As she translates the handwritten pages, a story of romance and revolution emerges between Jian, who believes there is no art without political commitment, and Mu, a poet whom he loves as fiercely as his ideals.
Iona cannot know that Jian has come to Britain seeking political asylum and is mere miles away in Dover, awaiting news of his fate. Mu is in Beijing, writing letters to London, feverishly trying to track Jian down. As Iona charts the course of their twenty-year relationship from its beginnings at Beijing University to Jian’s defiant march in the Jasmine Revolution, her empty life takes on an urgent purpose: to bring Jian and Mu together again before it’s too late. (Knopf/Anchor, Aug 2015, Pbk, 384 pp)
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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