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I Am China - Xiaolu Guo

I Am China - Xiaolu Guo

Title: I Am China

Author:  Xiaolu Guo

ISBN:  9780701188191

Weight:  645 g

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I Am China by Xiaolu Guo

Two lovers, separated by oceans and an oppressive political regime, desperate to find their way back to each other.

In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky.  I am feeling empty and bare.  Nothing is in my soul, apart from the image of you.  I am writing to you from a place I cannot tell you about yet…

In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate.  In Beijing his girlfriend Mu sends desperate letters to London to track him down, her last memory of them together a roaring rock concert and Jian the king on stage.  Until the state police stormed in.

As Iona unravels the story of these Chinese lovers from their first flirtations at Beijing University to Jian’s march in the Jasmine Revolution, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other while Iona feels more and more alive.  Intoxicated by their romance, Iona sets out to bring them back together, but time seems to be running out.

Peer & Press Reviews

I Am China is a moving tale of life and fate, love and loss, that will stay with the reader long after the last page.

New Internationalist

Heart-wrenching…  An extraordinary and important book.

Charlie Cooper, The Independent

Dark, witty fiction.

David Evans, Financial Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: I Am China
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Dark blue cover with metallic dark blue text on spine, dark blue endpapers and a decorative red stain to the text block edges.
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: Yes – on the title page [in English and Chinese]
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Awards and prizes:  Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 – longlisted
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780701188191
ISBN 10: 0701188197
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 372 [inc. appendix]
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 143 x 37mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Stephen Barker
Jacket design: Suzanne Dean

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