Life as a film extra in Beijing might seem hard, but Fenfang won't be defeated. She has travelled 1800 miles to seek her fortune in the city, and has no desire to return to the never-ending sweet potato fields back home. Determined to live a modern life, Fenfang works as a cleaner in the Young Pioneer's movie theatre, falls in love with unsuitable men and keeps her kitchen cupboard stocked with UFO instant noodles. As Fenfang might say, Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, isn't it about time I got my lucky break? Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
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Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was 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, and her most recent novel, Lovers in the Age of Indifference, was published to critical accalim. Xiaolu's film career continues to flourish; her latest feature, She, A Chinese, is released in 2010 and has won the coveted Golden Leopard at the Locarno film festival; her new documentary Once Upon a Time Proletarian is currently screening at international film festivals.Review:
"A nihilistic, Generation X-style manifesto... Its impudent, hand-on-hip attitude cannot fail to charm" New Statesman "Funny and melancholy, scintillatingly observed, and has a very big heart" The Times "Both a personal odyssey and an insightful commentary about modern Chinese society and life itself... Xiaolu Guo is an instinctive, humane witness, her atmospheric, unusually physical narratives are alive and attractively insistent, inspired variations on the theme of quest" Irish Times "A pure and bracing blast of universal youth... I loved it. It shines with the utterly blameless, scarily fragile arrogance of youth itself, the absolute certainty that death is better than middle age" Daily Telegraph "A breath of the freshest air imaginable. She cuts through the smog of hype and platitude" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent
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Book Description Vintage, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099532549