By Ran Chen, John Howard-Gibbon

Author note: John Howard-Gibbon [Translator]

From certainly one of China's such a lot celebrated modern novelists comes this riveting story of a tender woman's emotional and sexual awakening. Set within the turbulent a long time of the Cultural Revolution and the Tian'anmen sq. incident, a personal existence exposes the complicated and fantastical internal lifetime of a tender lady becoming up in the course of a time of severe social and political upheaval.

At the age of twenty-six, Ni Niuniu has come to simply accept soreness and loss. She has suffered the demise of her mom and a detailed buddy and neighbor, Mrs. Ho. She has lengthy been estranged from her tyrannical father, whereas her boyfriend—a amazing and good-looking poet named Yin Nan—was compelled to escape the rustic. She has survived a worrying affair with a former instructor, a psychological breakdown that left her in a psychological establishment for 2 years, and a stray bullet that tore in the course of the flesh of her left leg. Now residing in whole seclusion, Niuniu shuns an international that turns out incapable of accepting her and as a substitute spends her days wandering in vibrant, dreamlike reveries the place her fractured memories and wild fantasies merge together with her inescapable emotions of depression and loneliness. but this eccentric younger woman—caught among the disappearing traditions of the earlier and a modernizing Beijing, a flood of thoughts and an unknowable destiny, her selected solitude and her irrepressible longing—discovers power and independence via writing, which transforms her flight from the hypocrisy of city lifestyles right into a trip of self-realization and rebirth.

First released in 1996 to common serious acclaim, Ran Chen's arguable debut novel is a lyrical meditation on reminiscence, sexuality, femininity, and the customarily arbitrary differences among insanity and sanity, alienation and belonging, nature and society. As Chen leads the reader deep into the psyche of Ni Niuniu—into her innermost secrets and techniques and sexual desires—the borders setting apart narrator and protagonist, author and topic dissolve, exposing the shared features of human lifestyles that go beyond geographical and cultural differences.

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