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Blending elements of the surreal with carefully observed details of life in present-day Beijing, Jonathan Tels short stories offer a rich and highly entertaining guide to the city and its many and varied inhabitants-from a modern-day Monkey King to an equally contemporary indentured servant, from a boy tasting his first cotton candy to a Ming Dynasty princess posting her first online profile.

The stories offer a vicarious tour through modern Beijing and a long view of Chinese history. The reader flies through the book, chuckling over one characters trickery, moved by anothers plight, and horrified at anothers unwitting actions, until reaching the culminating novella, which brings the whole book and its take on China back to the Western reader with a stunning immediacy.

Americans newly minted fascination with China, stoked by the 2008 Olympics, can find both intellectual and artistic satisfaction in this collection.

About the Author

Jonathan Tel is the author of the story collection Arafats Elephant (Counterpoint, 2002) and the novel Freuds Alphabet (Counterpoint, 2003). His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Zoetrope. He has worked as a quantum physicist and an opera librettist. While in New York he writes about Beijing, and while in Beijing about New York.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

YEAR OF THE GORILLA

THE BOOK OF AUSPICIOUS AND INAUSPICIOUS DREAMS

THE THREE LIVES OF LITTLE YU

SHADOW OF CANDLES FLICKERING RED

THE GLAMOROUS HEART OF COSMPOLITAN BEIJING

THE UNOFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE EMBROIDERED COUCH

THE BEIJING OF POSSIBILITIES

LOVE! DUTY! HUMANITY! VIRTUE!

RISE UPWARD TO THE BLUE CLOUDS

THE DOUBLE-HAPPINESS BALLBEARING FACTORY

SANTO DOMINGO

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN CHINA

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590513262
Author:
Tel, Jonathan
Publisher:
Other Press (NY)
Foreword by:
Xiao, Helan
Foreword:
Xiao, Helan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Beijing (China)
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.10x5.30x.80 in. .50 lbs.

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