20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

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Random House, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction - 208 pages
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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.

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TWENTY FRAGMENTS OF A RAVENOUS YOUTH

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Peasant girl leaves her rural Chinese village for a fresh start in bustling Beijing.Appalled at the thought of farming sweet potatoes for the rest of her life, feisty 17-year-old Fenfang Wang cuts out ... Read full review

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Originally published in China and later translated into English, Xiaolu Guo, whose A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was an Orange Prize finalist, has taken her decade-old first ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Xiaolu Guo was born 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 Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her most recent novel, I Am China, was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese and a documentary about London, Late at Night. She lives in London and Berlin.

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