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Contemporary Chinese Literature

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Translated by Howard Goldblatt

Big Breasts and Wide Hips, A Novel

Big Breasts and Wide Hips, A Novel

by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 532 PAGES

The winner of China's most prestigious prize for fiction -- soon banned after it ran afoul of the guardians of official morality -- spans seven time periods, from the end of the Qing dynasty to China's post-Mao years, presenting the female body as the book's most important metaphor. (CHN731, $17.95)

Nanjing Requiem, A Novel

Nanjing Requiem, A Novel

by Ha Jin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Award winning novelist Ha Jin re-creates the terror and menace of life in Nanjing after the Japanese invasion of 1937. (CHN681, $15.95)

China in Ten Words

China in Ten Words

by Allen Barr

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

"Like ten pairs of eyes -- to scrutinize the current China under ten different angles," Yu Hua traces the transformation of life in China since the Cultural Revolution through key words. (CHN680, $15.00)

The Boat to Redemption

The Boat to Redemption

by Su Tong | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

In this deft picaresque novel by the author of Raise the Red Lantern, Tong follows the adventures of lovesick Secretary Ku, banished from the Party in after it has been officially proved he does not have a fish-shaped birthmark on his bottom and is therefore not the son of a revolutionary martyr. Winner of the 2009 Man Asia Prize. (CHN639, $16.95)

Wolf Totem

Wolf Totem

by Jiang Rong

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Defiant, unyielding, feared, hunted and revered, the great Mongolian wolf is the heart and center of Rong's epic tale of a young man from Beijing and his surprising encounters on the Mongolian steppe. A stirring epic, allegory and elegy for a vanished way of life, the novel won the first Man Asia Prize. (CHN471, $16.00)

 
Daughter of the River, An Autobiography

Daughter of the River, An Autobiography


by Hong Ying

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Ying traces the arc of her life from struggles during the Great Famine through Tiananmen Square in this inspiring tale of coming of age in Chongqing on the banks of the Yangtze. (CHN240, $14.00)

A Dictionary of Maqiao

A Dictionary of Maqiao


by Han Shaogong | Julia Lovell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This tragicomic novel, inspired by the author's "reeducation" during the cultural revolution, is structured as an encyclopedia of names, places, objects and people of fictional Hunan. (CHN568, $15.00)

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress


by Sijie Dai | Ina Rilke

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A charming, unexpectedly witty, tale of two teenage boys in China sent off to the countryside during Mao's Cultural Revolution. (CHN159, $13.95)

Becoming Madame Mao

Becoming Madame Mao


by Anchee Min

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

Min (Red Azalea) follows the arc of the life the woman who would become Madame Mao in powerful strokes in this fine example of historical fiction. (CHN304, $13.95)

Beijing Coma

Beijing Coma


by Ma Jian

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

In this remarkable novel former Tiananmen Square protester Dai Wei awakens after a decade, learning that his mother has sold one of his kidneys to finance his care and that the China he knew has undergone radical change. (CHN502, $24.00)

Bridge of Birds

Bridge of Birds


by Barry Hughart

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A novel of whimsy and fantasy set in ancient China, following the fantastic and humorous quest for the Great Root of Power, the only cure for a town overrun by illness. (CHN117, $7.99)

Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused, Fiction from Today's China

Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused, Fiction from Today's China


by Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This collection of 20 stories by young Chinese writers showcases a variety of styles, from brutal realism to mystery to experimental prose, that have emerged amid cultural and political change. (CHN638, $16.00)

Change

Change


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 117 PAGES

Mo Yan traces personal, political and social changes in his country over the past few decades in a novella disguised as autobiography -- or vice-versa. By moving back and forth in time and focusing on small events and everyday people, Mo Yan breathes life into history by describing the effects of larger-than-life events on the average citizen. (CHN645, $15.00)

Cries in the Drizzle

Cries in the Drizzle


by Yu Hua

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This powerful novel from one of China's great modern writers depicts rural family life in Maoist China, and the trials and troubles of a middle child. (CHN447, $13.95)

Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid


by Anchee Min

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

In this novel of the glorious, decadent last days of 19th-century Imperial China, Min (Red Azalea, Becoming Madame Mao) combines her tale of a young girl from the provinces who marries an emperor -- and then improbably becomes the Last Empress -- with a lovingly re-created portrait of life in the Forbidden City. (CHN267, $14.00)

Farewell Shanghai

Farewell Shanghai


by Angel Wagenstein

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Wagenstein's novel chronicles the flight of four refugees from Nazi Germany to Shanghai, where they are immersed into both the glamour and devastating poverty of the city. (CHN516, $13.95)

Frog

Frog


by Howard Goldblatt | Mo Yan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

A deft exploration of China's one-child policy by a Nobel-Prize-winning novelist. After performing late-term abortions during the Chinese Communist Revolution, a woman eventually aborts a fetus for her nephew's wife. The novel ends with a play written by her nephew, entitled "Frog." (CHN784, $27.95)

Kinfolk

Kinfolk


by Pearl S. Buck

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Buck exploring the tension between progress and tradition in China. (CHN654, $15.95)

Lenin's Kisses

Lenin's Kisses


by Yan Lianke | Carlos Rojas

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

Winner of the Lao She Literary Award, this blistering satire shows the word of modern China through the tale of one small village. (CHN729, $18.00)

Monkey, Folk Novel of China

Monkey, Folk Novel of China


by Arthur Waley

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The 16th-century Chinese epic of adventure and pilgrimage, as faithfully translated by Arthur Waley. It's the wild tale of the encounters of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his Buddhist companion Tripitaka on the Silk Road. (ASA88, $16.95)

Naked Earth

Naked Earth


by Eileen Chang

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A gritty depiction of the Chinese Communist Revolution, this novel follows the lives of a young couple whose idealism is shattered by the corruption and tragedy of Mao's reign. (CHN792, $16.95)

Pearl of China

Pearl of China


by Anchee Min

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Based on the life of internationally renowned author Pearl S. Buck, the novel recounts the Xinhai Revolution, the institution of the Republic and the Civil War between the Nationalists and Communists from the perspective of the people who witnessed them. This slim volume makes great airplane reading for travellers to China wanting a little historical context. (CHN611, $24.00)

Peony in Love

Peony in Love


by Lisa See

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Set in 17th century China, See's fifth novel offers a vivid portrayal of women's roles in the Ming and Qing dynasties through the eyes of fifteen-year old Peony. The sheltered daughter of a wealthy family, Peony is inspired in her struggle against tradition by the lyrics of an epic opera, The Peony Pavilion. (CHN410, $16.00)

Red Poppies

Red Poppies


by Alai | Howard Goldblatt | Sylvia Li-Chun Lin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 433 PAGES

This family saga unfolds in the 1930s among the warlords of eastern Tibet. (TBT61, $24.95)

Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 359 PAGES

A novel of family, myth, and memory set during the fratricidal barbarity of 1930s China. (CHN633, $17.00)

Rickshaw Boy

Rickshaw Boy


by She Lao

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Captured by renegade soldiers, seduced by his boss's ugly daughter and robbed by an unscrupulous detective, poor Xiangzi is subjected to all sorts of humiliation in this tale of an honest country boy in rough-and-tumble Beijing. (CHN631, $14.99)

Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls


by Lisa See

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

From the author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love comes this stunning novel about two sisters who leave glamorous, shady Shanghai across China to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles. (CHN561, $16.00)

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The author of Red Sorghum presents a collection of new short stories, which range from the tragic to the comic and reflect the author's own disdain for bureaucracy and repression. The title story is being made into a film by Zhang Yimou. (CHN734, $14.95)

Tai-Pan

Tai-Pan


by James Clavell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 736 PAGES

Another volume in Clavell's well-known Asia series, this book focuses on Hong Kong and its most powerful trading company. Tai-pans were the Hong Kong-based resident managers of the China/India trade. (ASA04, $16.00)

The Ancient Ship

The Ancient Ship


by Zhang Wei | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Spanning four decades following the creation of the People's Republic in 1949, Wei's award-winning first novel follows generations of the Sui, Zhao, and Li families living in a fictional northern town. (CHN644, $14.99)

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature


by Jo Lau | Howard Goldblatt

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 737 PAGES

The first comprehensive anthology of modern Chinese literature, this tome, with many newly commissioned translations, introduces important authors and literary trends of modern China. (CHN524, $42.00)

The Four Books

The Four Books


by Yan Lianke

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Set in a Communist re-education camp, this dark, allegorical tale features four protagonists: "the Musician" (and her lover, "the Scholar") "the Theologian" and "the Author"' who are encouraged to betray one another in the face of death by starvation, impossible production quotas and their overseer, a preadolescent kid called "the Child." (CHN793, $27.00)

The Garlic Ballads

The Garlic Ballads


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Against a backdrop of corrupt Communist officialdom unfold three intricately woven tales of love, loyalty, and retribution: between man and woman; father and child; friend and friend. (CHN730, $14.95)

The Ginger Tree

The Ginger Tree


by Oswald Wynd

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

The bittersweet tale of an innocent young Scots woman in Asia, rich in the details of life in Japan and China before WWII. (JPN125, $12.99)

The Good Earth

The Good Earth


by Pearl Buck

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 357 PAGES

The modern classic that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. Drawing heavily on Buck's personal experience as a young newlywed in rural China, it is the plainly told story of a poor farmer and his stalwart wife. (CHN15, $16.00)

The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil


by W. Somerset Maugham

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Originally published in 1925, Somerset's moving novel tells the story of a lovestruck adulterous woman whose husband forces her to accompany him to rural China in the midst of a cholera epidemic. (HKG28, $15.00)

The Promise

The Promise


by Pearl S. Buck

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A novel set in China and Burma during World War II, focused around a group of Chinese soldiers sent to rescue a British-American platoon. (CHN660, $11.95)

The Remote Country of Women

The Remote Country of Women


by Bai Hua

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

Bai Hua alternates the tale of a young Mosuo girl in China's mountainous southwest with that of a political prisoner during the Cultural revolution in this absorbing novel. (CHN310, $24.00)

The Republic of Wine

The Republic of Wine


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Wild, bawdy, politically explosive, and subversive, The Republic of Wine skewers contemporary Chinese society. (CHN733, $14.95)

The Silver Lotus

The Silver Lotus


by Thomas Steinbeck

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 342 PAGES

Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond sails to China and falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy Cantonese merchant family in Steinbeck's richly observed novel of 19th-century American mercantile ambitions. (CHN697, $25.00)

To Live

To Live


by Yu Hua

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this unforgettable tale. (CHN408, $15.00)

Women of the Silk

Women of the Silk


by Gail Tsukiyama

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

In this lyrical debut, Tsukiyama sets her absorbing tale of young Pei against the backdrop of China in the years from 1919-1938. (CHN269, $16.00)

Years of Red Dust

Years of Red Dust


by Qiu Xiaolong

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A collection of linked stories that trace the changes in China from the 1949 Communist revolution to the late 1990s, all from the perspective of one street in Shanghai, Red Dust Lane. (CHN625, $15.99)

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