Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Anchor
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ISBN : 0307389383
Pages : 174 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (37 users)

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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.


20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Random House
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Pages : 216 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (32 users)

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Life as a film extra in Beijing might seem hard, but Fenfang - the spirited heroine of Xiaolu Guo's new novel - won't be defeated. She has travelled 1800 miles to seek her fortune in the city, and has no desire to return to the never-ending sweet potato fields back home. Determined to live a modern life, Fenfang works as a cleaner in the Young Pioneer's movie theatre, falls in love with unsuitable men and keeps her kitchen cupboard stocked with UFO instant noodles. As Fenfang might say, Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, isn't it about time I got my lucky break?


20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1407013025
Pages : 208 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (47 users)

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Life as a film extra in Beijing might seem hard, but Fenfang won't be defeated. She has travelled 1800 miles to seek her fortune in the city, and has no desire to return to the never-ending sweet potato fields back home. Determined to live a modern life, Fenfang works as a cleaner in the Young Pioneer's movie theatre, falls in love with unsuitable men and keeps her kitchen cupboard stocked with UFO instant noodles. As Fenfang might say, Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, isn't it about time I got my lucky break? Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.


I Am China

I Am China


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1448161843
Pages : 384 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (448 users)

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Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter. Two lovers, Mu and Jian, have been driven apart by forces beyond their control. As Iona unravels the story of the lovers, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other. Iona, intoxicated by their romance, sets out to bring them back together, but time is running out. Xiaolu Guo was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists


Language

Language


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1473548543
Pages : 112 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (473 users)

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Have you ever tried to learn another language? When Zhuang first arrives in London from China she feels like she is among an alien species. The city is disorientating, the people unfriendly, the language a muddle of personal pronouns and moody verbs. But with increasing fluency in English surviving turns to living. And they say that the best way to learn a language is to fall in love with a native speaker... Selected from the book A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Babies by Anne Enright Depression by William Styron Race by Toni Morrison Home by Salman Rushdie


Once Upon A Time in the East

Once Upon A Time in the East


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 147352430X
Pages : 336 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (473 users)

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*Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award* *Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award* *Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize* *Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018* *A Sunday Times Book of the Year* Xiaolu Guo meets her parents for the first time when she is almost seven. They are strangers to her. When she is born in 1973, her parents hand her over to a childless peasant couple in the mountains. Aged two, and suffering from malnutrition on a diet of yam leaves, they leave Xiaolu with her illiterate grandparents in a fishing village on the East China Sea. Once Upon a Time in the East takes Xiaolu from a run-down shack to film school in a rapidly changing Beijing, navigating the everyday peculiarity of modern China: censorship, underground art, Western boyfriends. In 2002 she leaves Beijing on a scholarship to study in Britain. Now, after a decade in Europe, her tale of East to West resonates with the insight that can only come from someone who is both an outsider and at home. 'This generation's Wild Swans' Daily Telegraph


Village Of Stone

Village Of Stone


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1448130530
Pages : 192 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (448 users)

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Village of Stone brilliantly evokes the harshness of life on the typhoon-battered coast of China, where fishermen are often lost to violent seas and children regularly swept away. It is the beautiful, haunting story of one little girl's struggle to endure silence, solitude and the shame of sexual abuse, but it is also an incisive portrait of China's new urban youth, who have hidden behind their modern lifestyle all the poverty and cruelty of their past.


Nine Continents

Nine Continents


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher :
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ISBN : 9780802127136
Pages : 366 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (127 users)

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From one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, Xiaolu Guo's memoir documents her trajectory from a small fishing village in rural China to life in the West as a fearless writer and filmmaker.


I Am China

I Am China


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Nan A. Talese
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ISBN : 9780385538718
Pages : 373 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (538 users)

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A London publisher translates a correspondence between two young lovers, including a Beijing singer from a loving family and a famous punk rocker who weaves his subversive political views into his music. By the award-winning author of Village of Stone. 25,000 first printing.


A Lover's Discourse

A Lover's Discourse


Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Grove Press
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ISBN : 9780802149534
Pages : 288 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (149 users)

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A story of desire, love, language, and the meaning of home--told through conversations between a Chinese graduate student and an Australian man, falling in love against the backdrop of Brexit London.


Narratives of Place in Literature and Film

Narratives of Place in Literature and Film


Author : Steven Allen
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1351013815
Pages : 272 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (351 users)

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Narratives of place link people and geographic location with a cultural imaginary through literature and visual narration. Contemporary literature and film often frame narratives with specific geographic locations, which saturate the narrative with cultural meanings in relation to natural and man-made landscapes. This interdisciplinary collection seeks to interrogate such connections to probe how place is narrativized in literature and film. Utilizing close readings of specific filmic and literary texts, all chapters serve to tease out cultural and historical meanings in respect of human engagement with landscapes. Always mindful of national, cultural and topographical specificity, the book is structured around five core themes: Contested Histories of Place; Environmental Landscapes; Cityscapes; The Social Construction of Place; and Landscapes of Belonging.


The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures


Author : Carlos Rojas
Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN : 0199383324
Pages : 704 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (199 users)

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With over forty original essays, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures offers an in-depth engagement with the current analytical methodologies and critical practices that are shaping the field in the twenty-first century. Divided into three sections--Structure, Taxonomy, and Methodology--the volume carefully moves across approaches, genres, and forms to address a rich range topics that include popular culture in Late Qing China, Zhang Guangyu's Journey to the West in Cartoons, writings of Southeast Asian migrants in Taiwan, the Chinese Anglophone Novel, and depictions of HIV/AIDS in Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man.


English as a Literature in Translation

English as a Literature in Translation


Author : Fiona J. Doloughan
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN : 1628922222
Pages : 176 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (628 users)

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For many writers writing in English today, English is but one of a number of languages, and by extension cultures, to which they have access. The question arises of the impact of this sometimes latent, sometimes explicit, multilingualism on generic and other literary forms and conventions. To what extent is English literature today a literature in translation in the sense that it is formed at the confluence of different literary and cultural traditions and is mediated or brokered by multilingual individuals? And to what extent might literary creativity today be premised on access to more than one language and/or set of cultural and literary traditions? English as a Literature in Translation examines the complexities of writing in English and assesses the extent to which language practices in English have been localized and/or culturally inflected, even as English has become a global medium of communication.


Ready-Made Book Displays

Ready-Made Book Displays


Author : Nancy M. Henkel
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
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ISBN : 1598848623
Pages : 182 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (598 users)

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Providing more than 50 fiction display descriptions, this book identifies themes for the entire year and includes titles for signage, annotated book lists, prop and material ideas, as well as photographs that show how to pull it all together. * 55 theme-based listing of displays * Original materials and documents include a "Which Shakespeare Play?" quiz and a handy Book Display Log for tracking displays * Photographs of each display accompany the descriptions * An index of authors and titles notes which provide listed entries and which are fully annotated * "Display Months" appendix connects displays with time of year, holidays, events, and celebrations


Radical Realism, Autofictional Narratives and the Reinvention of the Novel

Radical Realism, Autofictional Narratives and the Reinvention of the Novel


Author : Fiona Doloughan
Publisher : Anthem Press
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ISBN : 1839983396
Pages : 160 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (839 users)

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This monograph treats modes of fictionality in contemporary auto/biography, memoir and autofiction. Adopting a case study approach, it demonstrates the extent to which contexts of production and reception are important in framing generic expectations with respect to the representation of lived experience and in helping to determine the status of the narrator as (fictional) persona or (implied) author.


Going Places: A Reader's Guide to Travel Narrative

Going Places: A Reader's Guide to Travel Narrative


Author : Robert Burgin
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
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ISBN : 161069385X
Pages : 572 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (61 users)

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Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.


Freedom

Freedom


Author : Amnesty International
Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1845968573
Pages : 448 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (845 users)

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Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which starts memorably with Article 1: we are all born free and equal, Freedom is an enthralling anthology of short stories by some of the world's top writers. Most of the stories have been written especially for this anthology by a renowned array of internationally acclaimed writers, including Paulo Coelho, Yann Martel, AL Kennedy, Ali Smith, Amit Chaudhuri, Ariel Dorfman, Helen Dunmore, Marina Lewycka, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Meek, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Hector Aguilar Camin, Ishmael Beah, Boris Akunin, Alice Pung and Banana Yoshimoto. Each acclaimed contributor has chosen one of the thirty UDHR rights as the basic inspiration for his or her story, and the result is an anthology that contains a complete mix of thoughtful, serious, funny and thrilling stories that provide some completely unexpected takes on the issue of human rights. Published in association with Amnesty International, Freedom is an eclectic collection that will prompt readers to engage imaginatively with what human rights mean for all of us.