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LOVE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Can Xue

  • Original Title: XIN SHIJI AIQING GUSHU
  • Publication date: June 2013
  • Publisher: WRITERS PUBLISHING HOUSE
  • Country: CN
  • 316 print pages
  • Experimental

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: China
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Conspiracy, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Totalitarian regime, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, LOVE / HATE, Sex, Amorous urge

Pitch

Can Xue’s love stories for the new millennium trace love’s many guises - satirical, tragic, transient, lasting, nebulous, and fulfilling - against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of commerce and industry, fraud and exploitation, and sex and romance drawn from the East and the West.

Comments

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019

Translation rights sold: UK, US

Can Xue is a Chinese avant-garde fiction writer. She was the 2015 Best Translated Book Award winner for THE LAST LOVER. The novel was voted The Independent's Book of the Year 2014 and was longlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015.

Summary

In this darkly comic novel, a group of women inhabits a world of constant surveillance, where informants lurk in the flower beds and false reports fly. Conspiracies abound in a community that normalizes paranoia and suspicion. Some try to flee - whether to a mysterious gambling bordello or to ancestral homes that can be reached only underground through muddy caves, sewers, and tunnels. Others seek out the refuge of Nest County, where traditional Chinese herbal medicines can reshape or psychologically transport the self. Each life is circumscribed by buried secrets and transcendent delusions.

Can Xue’s love stories for the new millennium trace love’s many guises - satirical, tragic, transient, lasting, nebulous, and fulfilling - against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of commerce and industry, fraud and exploitation, and sex and romance drawn from the East and the West.

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  • Author’s biography

    Can Xue (born 1953) is a Chinese avant-garde fiction writer, literary critic, and tailor. Her family was severely persecuted following her father being labeled an ultra-rightist in the Anti-rightist Movement of 1957. Her writing, which consists mostly of short fiction, breaks with the realism of earlier modern Chinese writers. She has also written novels, novellas, and literary criticism. She was the 2015 Best Translated Book Award winner for THE LAST LOVER. The novel was voted The Independent's Book of the Year 2014 and was longlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015.