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Lovers in the Age of Indifference


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Xiaolu Guo, best known for her enchanting yet sharp take on culture-shock, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, presents a new work of fiction exploring the themes of love and exile that she has so brilliantly made her own.

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Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Xiaolu's film career continues to flourish; her latest feature, She, A Chinese, is released in 2010 and has won the coveted Golden Leopard at the Locarno film festival; her new documentary Once Upon a Time Proletarian is currently screening at international film festivals.


"Witty and of China's most successful literary exports" * Guardian *
"Funny and melancholy, scintillatingly observed" * The Times *
"Original, humorous and wise" -- Amy Tan
"Xiaolu Guo is an instinctive witness; her atmospheric, unusually physical narratives are alive" * Irish Times *

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