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Five spice street

Author: Canxue; Karen Gernant; Zeping Chen
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale Univ. Press, ©2009.
Series: Margellos world republic of letters book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Five Spice Street tells the story of a street in an unnamed city, whose inhabitants speculate on the life of a mysterious Madam X. The novel interweaves their endless suppositions into a work that is at once political parable and surreal fantasia. Some think X is fifty years old, others that she is twenty-two. Some believe she uses occult powers to enslave the youth of the street; others think she is playing clever  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Canxue, 1953-
Five spice street.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale Univ. Press, c2009
(DLC) 2008035054
(OCoLC)223870791
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Canxue; Karen Gernant; Zeping Chen
ISBN: 9780300142488 030014248X
OCLC Number: 402597113
Language Note: Translated from the Chinese.
Notes: Translated from the Chinese.
Description: 1 online resource (329 p.) : ill.
Contents: The Failure of Reeducation --
Madam X Talks Abstractly of Her Experiences with Men --
The Way Things Are Done --
A Few Opinions about the Story's Beginning --
Some Implications --
The Tails' Confessions --
Mr. Q's Character --
Madam X Is Up a Creek --
Who Made the First Move? --
How to Wrap Up All the Issues Left Hanging --
The Rationality of the Widow's Historical Contribution and Status --
The Vague Positions of Mr. Q and Madam X's Husband --
How We Reversed the Negative and Elected Madam X Our Representative --
Madam X's Steps Are Buoyant ; On Broad Five Spice Street, She Walks toward Tomorrow.
Series Title: Margellos world republic of letters book.
Other Titles: Wu xiang jie.
Responsibility: Can Xue ; translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping.

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"[Xue] blends surrealism a la Dali with a hefty dose of existential angst. Prickly and provocative, Five Spice Street poses penetrating questions about the search for identity and the definition of Read more...

 
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