I Live in the Slums

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Yale University Press, May 19, 2020 - Fiction - 344 pages
A major new collection of stories by one of the most exciting and creative voices in contemporary Chinese literature

Can Xue's stories observe no obvious conventions of plot or characterization. That is the only rule they follow. Instead, they tend to limn a disordered and poetic state given structure by philosophical wonder and emotional rigor.

Combining elements of both Chinese materiality--the love of physical things--and Western abstract thinking, Can Xue invites her readers into an immersive landscape that blends empirical fact and illusion, mixes the physical and spiritual, and probes the space between consciousness and oblivion. She brings us to a place that is both readily familiar yet unmappable and can make us hyperaware of the inherent unreliability in our relationship to the world around us. Delightful, enchanting, and filled with secrets, Can Xue's newest collection shines a light on the forces that give contours to the visible terrain we acknowledge as reality.

 

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Booker International 2021 Longlist. My 8th read of 13 from the longlist. This book consists of unusual short stories. Some are weird and almost nonsensical (I Live in the Slums). Others don't really ... Read full review

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Contents

Story of the Slums
3
Our Human Neighbors
88
The Old Cicada
102
The Swamp
111
Sin
139
The Other Side of the Partition
155
Shadow People
162
Crow Mountain
179
Luers Worries
219
Her Old Home
237
I Am a Willow Tree
255
The Outsiders
272
The Queen
291
Venus
315
Translators Acknowledgments
327
Credits
329

Catfish Pit
191
Euphoria
209

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About the author (2020)

Can Xue is the pseudonym of the renowned avant-garde author Deng Xiaohua. Her previous works include Five Spice Street, Vertical Motion, The Last Lover, Frontier, and Love in the New Millennium.Karen Gernant is professor emerita of Chinese history at Southern Oregon University. Chen Zeping is professor of Chinese linguistics at Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou.

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