Black Snow by Liu Heng

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Returning to Beijing after serving a three-year sentence in a prison labor camp for his involvement in a juvenile street fight, Li Huiquan takes work running a peddler's cart and becomes involved in the black market. 15,000 first printing.

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HOWARD GOLDBLATT and SYLVIA LI-CHUN LIN are translators of Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man, which was named the 1999 Translation of the Year by the American Literary Translators Association. They live in South Bend, Indiana.
Published December 1, 1991 by Chinese Literature Press. 220 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A bleak tale of contemporary urban alienation--in a first US appearance for young Chinese writer Liu Heng.

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Simultaneously detesting and yearning for human contact, he becomes obsessed with Zhao Yaqiu, a lounge singer he sets up as his virtuous ideal in a dark world peopled with slippery friends and supposed enemies.

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Time Out New York

This was adapted by young writer Liu Heng from his own short story about an ex-con trying to go straight in the back alleys of Beijing, but finding himself dragged down by the crime and violence he encounters.

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