Love in the New Millennium Can Xue, Annelise Finegan Wasmoen, Eileen Myles

Series:
The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
24 Jan 2019
ISBN:
9780300224313
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
288 pages: 229 x 152mm
Illustrations:
1 b-w illus.

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.