In Time, Out of Place
- About the Author & Translator
Shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (English Non-Fiction)
Translated from the Chinese by Shelly Byrant
You Jin brings to her travel writing the same wit evident in her fiction. Whether she is trekking through the Amazon rainforest, exploring the caves of Granada with gypsy pickpockets, visiting a farm stay in Tasmania, or negotiating for a horsehair-lacquer cup in Myanmar, she is adept at weaving a whimsical incident into a compelling and amusing narrative. Her trademark spirited humour brings to life the vastness of the globe we inhabit, as well as more intimate encounters with the people she meets along the way.
You Jin has published more than 150 books in Chinese in Singapore, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. These include novels, short story collections, travelogues and essays. She is the first recipient of both the Singapore Chinese Literary Award and the Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literary Award. She received the Zhong Shan Literary Award in 2010 and Singapore’s Cultural Medallion in 2009.
Shelly Bryant is the translator of Chew Kok Chang’s Other Cities, Other Lives, published by Epigram Books, and Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls, which was published by Penguin Books and longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She is also the author of four volumes of poetry and two travel guides on Suzhou and Shanghai. Her translations of Sheng Keyi’s novel Death Fugue for Giramondo Press in Australia, and tennis player Li Na’s memoirs for Penguin Books, are forthcoming.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 416
Year Published: 2015
Size: 153mm x 225mm