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From one of our most important contemporary Chinese authors: a novel of language and love that tells one young Chinese woman's story of her journey to the West and her attempts to understand the language, and the man, she adores. Zhuang or Z, to tongue-tied foreigners has come to London to study English, but finds herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who changes everything, leading her into a world of self-discovery. She soon realizes that, in the West, love does not always mean the same as in China, and that you can learn all the words in the English language and still not understand your lover. And as the novel progresses with steadily improving grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension all the more poignant. With sparkling wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an utterly original novel about identity and the cultural divide. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780307278401
ISBN-10: 0307278409
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 133mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Anchor Books
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 10-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo published six books in China before moving to London in 2002. The English translation ofVillage of Stonewas shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, andTwenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She is also a successful director of feature films, includingShe, a ChineseandUFO in Her Eyes, and documentaries; her work has premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and other venues all over the world. She was named as one ofGranta s Best Young British Novelists in 2013."

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