Mother River (Paperback)

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Mother River (Paperback)

By Can Xue, Karen Gernant (Translator), Chen Zeping (Translator)

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Winner of the 2015 Best Translated Book Award


The thirteen stories in this collection are vintage Can Xue. Similar to her novels (The Last Lover, Frontier) and other collections (Vertical Motion) the focus is less on what happens and more on the experience of reading.


"Mother River" is a short bildungsroman of a young man who decides to become a fisherman (and crafter of spherical maps) and discovers that performing the role itself is more important than the number of fish they catch.


Surreal, provocative, and unique, Mother River reinforces Can Xue's status as one of the most reward and complex writers working today--and a perennial favorite to win the Nobel Prize.

Can Xue is the pseudonym of celebrated experimental writer Deng Xiaohua, born in 1953 in the city of Changsha. She is the author of Vertical Motion, Frontier, Barefoot Doctor, and Five Spice Street, among other books.Karen Gernant is a professor emerita of Chinese history. Chen Zeping was a professor emeritus of Chinese linguistics.
Product Details ISBN: 9781960385314
ISBN-10: 1960385313
Publisher: Open Letter
Publication Date: January 21st, 2025
Pages: 264
Language: English