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Nine continents : a memoir in and out of China

Author: Xiaolu Go
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Grove Atlantic paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Xiaolu Guo is one of the most acclaimed Chinese-born writers of her generation, an iconoclastic and completely contemporary voice. Her vivid, poignant memoir, Nine Continents is the story of a curious mind coming of age in an inhospitable country, and her determination to seek a life beyond the limits of its borders. Xiaolu Guo has traveled further than most to become who she needed to be. Now, as she experiences  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Xiaolu Guo; Xiaolu Guo
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Xiaolu Go
ISBN: 080212867X 9780802128676
OCLC Number: 1029777359
Description: 384 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The past is a foreign country --
Shitang: tales of the East China Sea --
Wenling: life in a communist compound --
Beijing: the whirlpool of life --
Europe: in the land of nomads --
In the face of birth and death.
Responsibility: Xiaolu Guo.

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"Xiaolu Guo is one of the most acclaimed Chinese-born writers of her generation, an iconoclastic and completely contemporary voice. Her vivid, poignant memoir, Nine Continents is the story of a curious mind coming of age in an inhospitable country, and her determination to seek a life beyond the limits of its borders. Xiaolu Guo has traveled further than most to become who she needed to be. Now, as she experiences the birth of her daughter in a London maternity ward surrounded by women from all over the world, she looks back on that journey. It begins in the fishing village shack on the East China Sea where her illiterate grandparents raised her, and brings her to a rapidly changing Beijing, full of contradictions: a thriving underground art scene amid mass censorship, curious Westerners who held out affection only to disappear back home. Eventually Xiaolu determined to see the world beyond China for herself, and now, after fifteen years in Europe, her words resonate with the insight of someone both an outsider and at home, in a world far beyond the country of her birth. Nine Continents presents a fascinating portrait of China in the eighties and nineties, how the Cultural Revolution shaped families, and how the country's economic ambitions gave rise to great change. It is also a moving testament to the birth of a creative spirit, and of a new generation being raised to become citizens of the world. It confirms Xiaolu Guo as one of world literature's most urgent voices."--Provided by publisher.

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