Love in the New Millennium

Can Xue; Translated from the Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen; Foreword by Eileen Myles

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November 20, 2018
288 pages, 6 x 9
1 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300224313
Hardcover

In this darkly comic novel, a group of women inhabits a world of constant surveillance, where informants lurk in the flowerbeds and false reports fly. Conspiracies abound in a community that normalizes paranoia and suspicion. Some try to flee—whether to a mysterious gambling bordello or to ancestral homes that can only be reached underground through muddy caves, sewers, and tunnels. Others seek out the refuge of Nest County, where traditional Chinese herbal medicines can reshape or psychologically transport the self. Each life is circumscribed by buried secrets and transcendent delusions.
 
Can Xue's masterful love stories for the new millennium trace love's many guises—satirical, tragic, transient, lasting, nebulous, and fulfilling—against a kaleidoscopic backdrop drawn from East and West of commerce and industry, fraud and exploitation, sex and romance.

Can Xue is the pseudonym of new experimental author, Deng Xiaohua, born in 1953. Formerly a tailor, she began writing fiction in 1983. Annelise Finegan Wasmoen is academic director and clinical assistant professor of translation at NYU School of Professional Studies. Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, and art journalist living in New York City and Marfa, Texas. Afterglow (a dog memoir) was published by Grove in September 2017 and Evolution (poems) is out in fall 2018.
 

"Love in the New Millennium is, as always with Can Xue’s work, a marvel.  She is one of the most innovative and important contemporary writers in China and, in my opinion, world literature."—Bradford Morrow, author of The Prague Sonata
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