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Crystal Wedding


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  • About the Author & Translator
  • Yang Tianyi is a “leftover woman” and under pressure to find a husband. She is attractive and intelligent but knows little of the world, and finally makes a disastrous marriage to a man, Wang Lian. At the end of the 1980s, in Tiananmen Square, she meets her love Hua Zheng again. However, after the political turmoil, Hua Zheng is framed as one of the perpetrators of the disturbances, and is sentenced to prison. Set against the background of China’s turbulent 1980s and 1990s, Crystal Wedding is a novel of searing emotional honesty. (Winner of English Pen Award, Financial Times / OppenheimerFund Emerging Voices Fiction Awards 2016 Longlist).

  • Xu Xiaobin is an influential and prolific Chinese woman writer of novels, novellas and essays. Her major works translated into English include Crystal Wedding, Feathered Serpent, Dunhuang Dreams. She has been awarded numerous literary prizes including the inaugural Lu Xun Literature Prize. She is also highly regarded as a painter and is skilled in the folk art of paper engraving.

    Nicky Harman's translations include Crystal Wedding by Xu Xiaobin, Snow and Shadow by Dorothy Tse (Muse), The Unbearable Dream World of Champa the Driver by Chan Koonchung (Doubleday) and The Book of Sins by Chen Xiwo (Make-Do). In 2011, she was Translator-in-Residence at London's Free Word Centre and she has led the Chinese-English workshop at City University Translation Summer School (2015 and 2016). She tweets as China Fiction Book Club @cfbcuk, and runs the Read Paper Republic weekly short story series.

ISBN: 9780993215490
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 304
Year Published: 2016
Language: English