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Author – A Yi.
A Yi (author) is a celebrated Chinese writer living in Beijing. He worked as a police officer before becoming editor-in chief of Chutzpah, an avant garde literary magazine. He is the author of several collections of short stories and has published fiction in Granta and the Guardian. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the People’s Literature Top 20 Literary Giants of the Future. A Perfect Crime, his first book in English was published by Oneworld in 2015. He is noted for his unsentimental worldview, and challenging literary style.
Alex Woodend (Translator) is a writer/translator whose fascination with Spanish and Chinese began at Franklin & Marshall College. He continued his studies at Columbia University where he wrote his Masters on early post-Mao literature. Translator of The Captain Riley Adventures , Murder in Dragon City, and other works, he currently lives in New York.
Social Media Links –
Twitter – @alexwoodend
Publisher – Flame Tree Press
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Pages – 288
The Blurb –
Seven stories, seven whispers into the ears of life: A Yi’s unexpected twists of crime burst from the everyday, with glimpses of romance distorted by the weaknesses of human motive. A Yi employs his forensic skills to offer a series of portraits of modern life, both uniquely Chinese, and universal in their themes. His years as a police officer serve him well as he teases the truth from simple observation, now brought into the English language in a masterful translation by Alex Woodend. The stories include Two Lives, Attic, Spring, Bach, Predator. The first in the new Flame Tree Press series, Stories from China.
Today is my stop on the Two Lives blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I am always saying I am a huge fan of short stories and this collection is no different. I will start by saying that this book is not for the faint hearted amongst you. It deals with a lot of issues, and includes violence.
There are seven stories in the book and if you don’t mind a challenging read then this is definitely for you. Yes it is dark but it is so well written that the characters and situations come off the page and I have found the book stay with you after. Making you think, and I always find this a good thing.
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