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I Live in the Slums: Stories

by Can Xue

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Published 3rd July 2020, 344 pages
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Description

Longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize.

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.

Details

I Live in the Slums: Stories
by Can Xue, Karen Gernant and Zeping Chen

ISBN
9780300247435

Publisher
Yale University Press

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
July 3, 2020

Dimensions
20.5cm x 13.5cm x 2.7cm

Page count
344 pages