I Am China

I Am China

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"In her flat in north London, Iona Kirkpatrick sets to work on a new project translating a collection of letters and diaries by a Chinese musician. With each letter and journal entry, Iona becomes more and more intrigued with the unfolding story of two lovers: Jian, a punk rocker who believes there is no art without political commitment, and Mu, the young woman he loves as fiercely as his ideals"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780385538718
0385538715
Branch Call Number: F GUO-X
Characteristics: 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: I'm China

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luzeng
Aug 22, 2015

I found this author because I was looking for contemporary notable women with 'Lu' in their names; turns out she doesn't have the same 'Lu', but her framing protagonist knows my story (it's actually a bit uncanny), and the framed protagonists help me triangulate my parents' (generation's stories). Not sure how people who aren't me react to this!

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uncommonreader
Apr 01, 2015

A translator from Mull, now in London, unravels the letters and diaries of a Chinese musician in exile and a Chinese poet. The idea of using a translator the tell the story is very clever, as the reader too tries to interpret and understand the story of these two people. I was intrigued and then the author would hit a false note. An imperfect book, very critical of China, but nonetheless an enjoyable read.

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