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Frontier
Frontier | Can Xue
8 posts | 1 read | 5 to read
"One of the most raved-about works of translated fiction this year"Jonathan Sturgeon, FlavorwireFrontier opens with the story of Liujin, a young woman heading out on her own to create her own life in Pebble Town, a somewhat surreal place at the base of Snow Mountain where wolves roam the streets and certain enlightened individuals can see and enter a paradisiacal garden.Exploring life in this city (or in the frontier) through the viewpoint of a dozen different characters, some simple, some profound, Can Xue's latest novel attempts to unify the grand opposites of life--barbarism and civilization, the spiritual and the material, the mundane and the sublime, beauty and death, Eastern and Western cultures.A layered, multifaceted masterpiece from the 2015 winner of the Best Translated Book Award, Frontier exemplifies John Darnielle's statement that Can Xue's books read "as if dreams had invaded the physical world."Can Xue is a pseudonym meaning "dirty snow, leftover snow." She learned English on her own and has written books on Borges, Shakespeare, and Dante. Her publications in English include The Embroidered Shoes, Five Spice Street, Vertical Motion, and The Last Lover, which won the 2015 Best Translated Book Award for Fiction.Karen Gernant is a professor emerita of Chinese history at Southern Oregon University. She translates in collaboration with Chen Zeping.Chen Zeping is a professor of Chinese linguistics at Fujian Teachers' University, and has collaborated with Karen Gernant on more than ten translations."
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rakeshpm
Frontier | Can Xue

Reading this Chinese classic now

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Bertha_Mason
Frontier | Can Xue

"Whenever Liujin heard geese at night, she couldn‘t hold back her tears. It was clearly a cry of freedom, but it sounded to her like the dread that precedes execution."

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Gwen1980
Frontier | Can Xue
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It's so hard for me to give up a book, especially one I've heard great things about, but I'm just not even enjoying this. I know it's experimental but I'm on pg 110 and none of it, almost literally none of it, makes sense. I read pages and have no idea what happened, whether it was real, if the characters are real people, if some of them are actually multiple people, if things 20 years apart are happening at the same time . . . It's so confusing.

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Gwen1980
Frontier | Can Xue
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Started Frontier on my lunch break today, and now I'm looking forward to picking it up again.

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Lacythebookworm
Frontier | Can Xue
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And now shades of green for @LibrarianJen ?

I'm tagging @readsusieread for a stack in pink ombré ?

readsusieread You gotta make it complicated, don't you! 💖💩 6y
Mamashep So pretty! 6y
Lacythebookworm @readsusieread Of course! 💩 6y
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Lacythebookworm @Mamashep Thank you! 😊💖 6y
BookBabe Such a pretty picture! 💕 6y
LibrarianJen Beautiful! 💚 I love it! 6y
kspenmoll Beautiful photo! 6y
LitsyGoesPostalOG So pretty! 5y
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Peddler410
Frontier | Can Xue
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My collection of translated ARCs from #alaac17
I specifically asked about translations from Chinese and to my surprise there was one to be had!

Laura317 And the cover of it is very cool! 6y
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shawnmooney
Frontier | Can Xue
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Experimental fiction is more miss than hit with me, usually. But I am really getting into Chinese lit. I have been curious about this novel for a while now.

http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/xue-generis-can-xue-dangers-literary-exce...

saresmoore From what I know of your reading tastes, it does seem that an abrupt experimental style would be preferable to a meandering one. Although, saresmoore tends to be wary of people who reference themselves in the third person using a pseudonym... 6y
shawnmooney @saresmoore Shawn is too! 😂 6y
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CherylDeFranceschi
Frontier | Can Xue
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This is the latest haul, so newest #TBR. I need to read and review at least 3 of these for the store in February, plus find a #nonfiction2017 for @Ebooksandcooks challenge. Once again I am overwhelmed by choice. #feistyfeb

Reviewsbylola 😍😍 I'm excited for The Possessions. 6y
Hobbinol But what I want to know is when will you get your kitchen back? 6y
CherylDeFranceschi @Hobbinol I plan to reclaim my kitchen the next time I have a day off. If I only knew when that was ... Last night we had mountains of sushi, so no cooking and tonight it's tea and cereal because I'm too tired to care and my evil cat didn't make me dinner. 6y
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shawnmooney 'Frontier' sounds to die for! 6y
Megabooks Wow! Impressive stack! 6y
AlaMich Just ask in' here, but those books are all from ONE 6y
CherylDeFranceschi @AlaMich They are from wi12. And because, you know, that wasn't enough new books, there's also a copy of 6y
AlaMich @CherylDeFranceschi I didn't realize my post actually, uh, posted 🙄 6y
CherylDeFranceschi @AlaMich Ha! You didn't really want to talk to me? 6y
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