The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze by Alex Kuo
A Mathematical Novel

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A political and environmental novel, bound to raise eyebrows on both sides of the Pacific. Two finite-numbers mathematicians - a Chinese woman and a Chinese American man - become disillusioned with teaching. She goes to work in China's Three Gorges Dam, he for Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. Unknown to each other, they struggle to balance their personal values against the global corporate determinism of dam building. Playing China's boom against the story of the American West, this novel is energetic, lyrical, and funny.

About Alex Kuo

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Alex Kuo taught in Beijing during its political spring of 1989, and later as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Changchun. His most recent work of fiction, Lipstick, received the American Book Award in 2002. He is Writer-in-Residence at Washington State University.
Published June 16, 2011 by Haven Books. 180 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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G obsesses about the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington, “that has turned the environment…to shit.” The mathematical novel merges with the hydrodynamics novel.

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