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The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu - 2016-01-12 (first published in 2006)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization o...
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Red Sorghum
A Novel of China
Mo Yan - 1994-04-01 (first published in 1987)
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Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated ...
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Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
Yu Hua - 2004-11-09 (first published in 1995)
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One of the last decade's ten most influential books in China, this internationally acclaimed novel by one of the mainland's most important contemporary writers provides an unflinching portrait of life under Chairman Mao.A cart-pusher in a silk mill, Xu Sanguan augments his meager salary with regular visits to the local blood chief. His visits becom...
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A Hero Born
The Definitive Edition (Legends of the Condor Heroes)
Jin Yong - 2019-09-17 (first published in 1957)
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The epic Chinese classic and phenomenon published in the US for the first time! A fantastical generational saga and kung fu epic, A Hero Born is the classic novel of its time, stretching from the Song Empire (China 1200 AD) to the appearance of a warlord whose name will endure for eternity: Genghis Khan. Filled with an extraordinary cast of charact...
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Love in a Fallen City
Eileen Chang - 2006-10-10 (first published in 1943)
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Eileen Chang is one of the great writers of twentieth-century China, where she enjoys a passionate following both on the mainland and in Taiwan. At the heart of Chang's achievement is her short fiction—tales of love, longing, and the shifting and endlessly treacherous shoals of family life. Written when Chang was still in her twenties, these extrao...
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Interior Chinatown
A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Charles Yu - 2020-11-17
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire. --The Washington PostFrom the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the rol...
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The Downstairs Girl
Stacey Lee - 2019-08-13
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From the founding member of We Need Diverse Books comes a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family.By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Sou...
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The Shadow Book of Ji Yun
The Chinese Classic of Weird True Tales, Horror Stories, and Occult Knowledge
Yun Ji - 2021-06-05
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Imagine if H.P. Lovecraft were Chinese and his tales were true. Or if a national, political figure like Benjamin Franklin was also a paranormal investigator—one who wrote up his investigations with a chilling, story-telling flair that reads like a combination of Italo Calvino, Lafcadio Hearn, and Zhuangzi. In China, at roughly the same time that Fr...
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These Violent Delights
Chloe Gong - 2020-11-17
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The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the l...
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The Crystal Ribbon
Celeste Lim - 2017-01-31
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In the village of Huanan, in medieval China, the deity that rules is the Great Huli Jing. Though twelve-year-old Li Jing's name is a different character entirely from the Huli Jing, the sound is close enough to provide constant teasing-but maybe is also a source of greater destiny and power. Jing's life isn't easy. Her father is a poor tea farmer, ...
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