Search our site
Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham Read the opening extract of the brand new Vicky Newham book before its publication on 05/04/2018

I am China by Xiaolu Guo
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

A tale of love and politics, of poetry and repression. In 1999 two Chinese students hid as a café is stormed by the authorities, so begins their love. In 2013 a pile of manuscripts, bits of paper, documents, diaries and letters are being translated by a Scottish girl as a publisher believes there may be a big story hidden amongst them. When we discover the identity of one of the authors we understand why this is expected. The novel is told partly through the translation of the documents and partly in first-person accounts of the three main protagonists. They are short chapters which is very effective. This is a clever book with many layers saying much but focusing on repression and manipulation. A very fine work.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Synopsis

I am China by Xiaolu Guo

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling empty and bare. Nothing is in my soul, apart from the image of you. I am writing to you from a place I cannot tell you about yet. In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate. In Beijing his girlfriend Mu sends desperate letters to London to track him down, her last memory of them together a roaring rock concert and Jian the king on stage. Until the state police stormed in. As Iona unravels the story of these Chinese lovers from their first flirtations at Beijing University to Jian's march in the Jasmine Revolution, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other while Iona feels more and more alive. Intoxicated by their romance, Iona sets out to bring them back together, but time seems to be running out.


Browse inside this book

Reviews

'Heart-wrenching... An extraordinary and important book' -- Charlie Cooper Independent

'Beautifully done' -- Viv Groskop Red

'I Am China is a moving tale of life and fate, love and loss, that will stay with the reader long after the last page' New Internationalist

'Piercingly urgent and revelatory i Dark, witty fiction' -- David Evans Financial Times

About the Author

Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo was born in 1973 in a fishing village in south China. Having studied film at the Beijing Film Academy, she published a number of books in China and made the prize-winning film Love in the Internet Age (1999). She moved to London in 2002, to pursue her film-making, and began a diary in English which was the seed for the novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. The English translation of Village of Stone was published by Chatto in 2004.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Xiaolu Guo

More books by Xiaolu Guo
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.guoxiaolu.com/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
eBook Favourites


ISBN

9780701188191

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

It has opened my eyes to different authors and genres. Just log on and try, you will be surprised and not want for reading material again.

Jocelyn Garvey

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools