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The Girl Who Played Go

(2003)
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In a remote Manchurian town in the 1930s, a sixteen-year-old girl is more concerned with intimations of her own womanhood than the escalating hostilities between her countrymen and their Japanese occupiers. While still a schoolgirl in braids, she takes her first lover, a dissident student. The more she understands of adult life, however, the more disdainful she is of its deceptions, and the more she loses herself in her one true passion: the ancient game of go.

Incredibly for a teenager-and a girl at that-she dominates the games in her town. No opponent interests her until she is challenged by a stranger, who reveals himself to us as a Japanese soldier in disguise. They begin a game and continue it for days, rarely speaking but deeply moved by each other's strategies. As the clash of their peoples becomes ever more desperate and inescapable, and as each one's untold life begins to veer wildly off course, the girl and the soldier are absorbed by only one thing-the progress of their game, each move of which brings them closer to their shocking fate.

In The Girl Who Played Go, Shan Sa has distilled the piercing emotions of adolescence into an engrossing, austerely beautiful story of love, cruelty and loss of innocence.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go (Vintage)
Author(s): Shan Sa, Adriana Hunter, Sa Shan
ISBN: 1-4352-9109-3 / 978-1-4352-9109-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-29
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October 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Girl Who Played Go
Author(s): S Sa
ISBN: 1-4177-4300-X / 978-1-4177-4300-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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October 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go
Author(s): Shan Sa
ISBN: 1-4000-4025-6 / 978-1-4000-4025-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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April 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go
Author(s): Shan Sa
ISBN: 0-7011-7400-5 / 978-0-7011-7400-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

August 2006 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go (Vintage East)
Author(s): Sa Shan
ISBN: 0-09-949079-X / 978-0-09-949079-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go: A Novel
Author(s): Shan Sa
ISBN: 1-4000-3228-8 / 978-1-4000-3228-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Girl Who Played Go
Author(s): Shan Sa
ISBN: 0-606-32554-9 / 978-0-606-32554-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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June 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go
Author(s): Shan Sa
ISBN: 0-09-944498-4 / 978-0-09-944498-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go
Author(s): Shan Sa
ISBN: 0-7011-7612-1 / 978-0-7011-7612-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Girl Who Played Go: A Novel
Author(s): Shan Sa
Publisher: Vintage
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