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Contemporary Chinese Literature

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Wolf Totem

CHN471
Jiang Rong
Penguin Putnam
2009
544
0143115146
PAPER
Literature
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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.
$17.00

The Boat to Redemption

CHN639
Su Tong, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Overlook Press
2013
368
1468308246
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$16.95

China in Ten Words

CHN680
Hua Yu, Allen Barr (Translator)
Vintage Books
2012
224
0307379353
PAPER
History
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0
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"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.
$16.00

Nanjing Requiem, A Novel

CHN681
Ha Jin
Vintage Books
2012
320
030774373X
PAPER
Literature
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0
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Award winning novelist Ha Jin re-creates the terror and menace of life in Nanjing after the Japanese invasion of 1937.
$15.95

Big Breasts and Wide Hips, A Novel

CHN731
Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Skyhorse Publishing
2012
532
1611453437
PAPER
Literature
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0
0
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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.
$17.95

Daughter of the River, An Autobiography

CHN240
Hong Ying
Grove Press
2000
288
0802136605
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.00

A Dictionary of Maqiao

CHN568
Han Shaogong, Julia Lovell (Translator)
Bantam Doubleday
2005
416
0385339356
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$16.00

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

CHN159
Sijie Dai, Ina Rilke (Translator)
Random House
2002
208
0385722206
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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0
A charming, unexpectedly witty, tale of two teenage boys in China sent off to the countryside during Mao's Cultural Revolution.
$14.00

Becoming Madame Mao

CHN304
Anchee Min
Mariner Books
2001
330
0618127003
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$13.95

Beijing Coma

CHN502
Ma Jian
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2009
624
0312428367
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.00

Bridge of Birds

CHN117
Barry Hughart
Ballantine Books
1990
288
0345321383
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$7.99

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

CHN638
Howard Goldblatt (Editor)
Grove Press
1996
322
0802134491
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$16.00

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CHN645
Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
University of Chicago Press
2010
117
1906497486
HARD COVER
Literature
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0
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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.
$15.00

Cries in the Drizzle

CHN447
Yu Hua
Doubleday
2007
288
0307279995
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$15.95

Empress Orchid

CHN267
Anchee Min
Mariner Books
2005
346
0618562036
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
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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.
$14.00

Farewell Shanghai

CHN516
Angel Wagenstein
Random House
2008
400
1590513088
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$13.95

Frog

CHN784
Howard Goldblatt (Translator), Mo Yan
Viking
2016
400
0143128388
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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."
$17.00

Kinfolk

CHN654
Pearl S. Buck
Moyer Bell
1996
416
1559211563
PAPER
Literature
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0
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A novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Buck exploring the tension between progress and tradition in China.
$15.95

Lenin's Kisses

CHN729
Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas (Translator)
Grove Press
2013
500
0802120377
PAPER
Literature
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0
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Winner of the Lao She Literary Award, this blistering satire shows the word of modern China through the tale of one small village.
$18.00

Monkey, Folk Novel of China

ASA88
Arthur Waley (Translator)
Grove Press
2005
224
0802130860
PAPER
Literature
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0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Naked Earth

CHN792
Eileen Chang
NYRB
2015
344
1590178343
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$16.95

Pearl of China

CHN611
Anchee Min
Bloomsbury USA
2010
288
1596916974
HARD COVER
Literature
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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.
$24.00

Peony in Love

CHN410
Lisa See
Random House
2007
320
0812975227
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$16.00

Red Poppies

TBT61
Alai, Howard Goldblatt (Translator), Sylvia Li-Chun Lin (Translator)
Mariner Books
2003
433
0618340696
PAPER
Literature
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0
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This family saga unfolds in the 1930s among the warlords of eastern Tibet.
$24.95

Red Sorghum

CHN633
Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Penguin Putnam
1994
359
0140168540
PAPER
Literature
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A novel of family, myth, and memory set during the fratricidal barbarity of 1930s China.
$17.00

Rickshaw Boy

CHN631
She Lao
HarperCollins Publishers
2010
300
0061436925
PAPER
Literature
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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.
$15.99

Shanghai Girls

CHN561
Lisa See
Random House
2010
336
0812980530
PAPER
Literature
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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.
$16.00

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

CHN734
Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Skyhorse Publishing
2012
224
1611457351
PAPER
Literature
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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.
$14.95

Tai-Pan

ASA04
James Clavell
Dell
2009
736
0385343256
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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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.
$17.00

The Ancient Ship

CHN644
Zhang Wei, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
HarperCollins
2008
424
0061436909
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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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.
$14.99

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature

CHN524
Jo Lau (Editor), Howard Goldblatt (Editor)
Columbia University Press
2007
737
0231138415
PAPER
Anthology
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0
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The first comprehensive anthology of modern Chinese literature, this tome, with many newly commissioned translations, introduces important authors and literary trends of modern China.
$45.00

The Four Books

CHN793
Yan Lianke
Grove Press
2015
352
0802123120
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
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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."
$27.00

The Garlic Ballads

CHN730
Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Skyhorse Publishing
2012
304
1611457076
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$14.95

The Ginger Tree

JPN125
Oswald Wynd
HarperCollins Publishers
2002
336
0060959673
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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The bittersweet tale of an innocent young Scots woman in Asia, rich in the details of life in Japan and China before WWII.
$14.99

The Good Earth

CHN15
Pearl Buck
Pocket Books
2004
357
0743272935
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$16.00

The Painted Veil

HKG28
W. Somerset Maugham
Vintage Books
2004
256
1400034213
PAPER
Literature
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0
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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.
$15.00

The Promise

CHN660
Pearl S. Buck
Moyer Bell
1997
256
1559212098
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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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.
$11.95

The Remote Country of Women

CHN310
Bai Hua
University of Hawaii Press
1994
376
0824816110
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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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.
$24.00

The Republic of Wine

CHN733
Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Skyhorse Publishing
2012
384
1611457297
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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Wild, bawdy, politically explosive, and subversive, The Republic of Wine skewers contemporary Chinese society.
$14.95

Worth Looking For

Rice

CHN194
Howard Goldblatt (Translator), Su Tong
HarperCollins
1996
270
014025644X
PAPER
Literature
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A twisted yet intriguing tale of 1930s provincial China. Tong's raw writing infuses his protagonist's story of starvation and sex with violent emotion as he explores the depths of human depravity. Throughout the novel Tong subverts and plays with the symbolism of rice.
$14.00

Three Sisters

CHN632
Feiyu Bi, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Harcourt Books
2010
282
0151013640
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
1
From small-town treachery to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution and harried 1980s Beijing, Bi tracks the lives of three sisters as they come of age in contemporary China. Winner of the 2010 Man Asia Literary Prize.
$24.00

The Moon Opera

CHN637
Bi Feiyu, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Mariner Books
2009
117
0151012946
HARD COVER
Literature
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0
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Set against the backstage drama, intrigue and jealousy at the Peking opera, this debut novel takes a piercing look at the world of Chinese opera and its female stars.
$18.00

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

CHN641
Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Skyhorse Publishing
2011
540
155970862X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
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Opening in Hell in 1950, Yan's dark comedy traces fifty years of peasant history in China through the eyes of Ximen Nao, a prosperous landowner who is executed and reincarnated as a succession of animals on his farm.
$16.99

Turbulence, A Novel

CHN640
Jia Pingwa, Howard Goldblatt
Grove Press
2003
464
0802139728
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
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In this dazzling, earthy novel, Pingwa weaves a tale of two peasants -- an idealistic reporter and the women he loves -- struggling against corruption, guilt and cultural constraints in rural post-Mao China.
$14.50