I Am China

I Am China

A Novel

Book - 2015
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London translator Iona Kirkpatrick is at work on a new project: a collection of letters and diaries by a Chinese punk guitarist named Kublai Jian. As she translates the handwritten pages, a story of romance and revolution emerges between Jian, who believes there is no art without political commitment, and Mu, a poet whom he loves as fiercely as his ideals.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House, 2015
Edition: First Anchor books edition
ISBN: 9780804170475
0804170479
Branch Call Number: FICTION GUO
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 22 cm

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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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