‘I am China’, by Xiaolu Guo

June 6, 2014 5:45 PM

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Born in a Chinese fishing village, author and film-maker Xiaolu Guo now lives and writes in Hackney, London. Her dark, witty fiction examines the interface between east and west, often through acutely observed tales of personal relationships.

Named last year as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, Guo’s finest novel, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007), described a romance between a British sculptor and a plucky Chinese immigrant woman named Zhuang. The book depicted the couple’s failures of communication, ...

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