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Xiaolu Guo


China (b.1974)

Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in the south of China in 1973. She was awarded an MA in Film from the Beijing Film Academy in 2000 and has worked as a novelist, essayist, screenwriter and filmmaker. Having studied documentary film at the National Film and Television School in London, she now lives in Berkshire and is working on a new novel.
 

Awards: Granta (2013)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
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Novels
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Collections
   Because I'm a Girl (2010) (with others)
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Series contributed to
Ox-Tales
   Ox-Tales: Fire (2009) (with others)
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Xiaolu Guo recommends
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Golden Age (2022)
Wang Xiaobo
"In this excellent translation by Yan Yan, Golden Age demonstrates that Wang Xiaobo is one of the most original writers in post-Mao China. At once hilarious and charged with serious political discourse, Golden Age is a tour de force. It is as playful as Animal Farm by Orwell and as complex as Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. Anyone who is interested in modern China should read this book."
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Sea Monsters (2019)
Chloe Aridjis
"Sea Monsters is destined to be a classic: a richly imaginative, reflective and mesmerising novel."
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White Chrysanthemum (2018)
Mary Lynn Bracht
"White Chrysanthemum is a powerful account of a little discussed subject about the Second World War -- comfort women enslaved by the Japanese army -- but it’s also about the courage of the women involved who want to speak about their suffering and their cry for justice, peace and love. Hana’s tragic life is just one of an estimated 200,000 Korean comfort women’s stories. Beautifully written, it’s an impressive debut novel from a writer with a sensitive heart and gifted mind."

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Books containing stories by Xiaolu Guo
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Collected Stories (2023)
edited by
Ben Rivers

Awards
2013 Granta Best of Young British Novelists

Award nominations
2020 Goldsmiths Prize (nominee) : A Lover's Discourse
2007 Women's Prize For Fiction (nominee) : A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers


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