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On Sale: September 02, 2014
Pages: 384 | ISBN: 978-0-385-53872-5
Published by : Nan A. Talese Knopf
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Rock 'n' roll, revolution, and romance are seductively woven together in this intense and moving novel from the author of Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
In her flat in north London, 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.
Iona cannot possibly know that Jian is mere miles away in Dover, awaiting the uncertain fate of a political exile. Mu is still in Beijing, writing letters to London and desperately trying to track Jian down. As Iona charts the course of their twenty-year relationship, from its early beginnings at Beijing University to Jian’s defiant march in the Jasmine Revolution, her own empty life takes on an urgent purpose: to bring Jian and Mu together again before it’s too late.

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Xiaolu Guo was born in 1973. After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy, she published a number of books in China. Since 2002, she has been dividing her time between London and Beijing. She has written and directed award-winning documentaries; her first feature film “How is Your Fish Today” has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2007. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, her third novel, is the first one she has written in English.


"A harrowing glimpse into post-Tiananmen repression in China...a mix of dissident rhetoric and heartbreak that turns on one couple's story."—Kirkus Reviews

"Guo’s bittersweet tale of love and politics with a soupçon of obsession plays out against the contrast between East and West...This is truly a finely crafted novel whose characters will remain in memory long after reading the final page."—Booklist

"I Am China feels like promise fulfilled: a book so piercingly urgent and relevant it is as if Guo has not so much published it as pressed it into your hand the very moment after writing the final sentence...An extraordinary and important book." The Independent

"[Guo’s] dark, witty fiction examines the interface between east and west, often through acutely observed tales of personal relationships...This novel has bold, refreshing things to say about art and politics." Financial Times

"[A] complex and fascinating political narrative. The lives of Jian and Mu, haunted by the turbulent history of Chinese politics (in particular, the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989), read like a eulogy for a lost vision of China." The Observer

"[Guo] vividly captures the mixed emotions of the youths of 1980s about their home country and the impact on their lives decades after."—The Asian Review of Books

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