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Shouhua Qi's Books

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This book traces the contours of the ways in which Western literature (in both the broad and narrow sense) was introduced and received in China from the 1840s to the present. It is an attempt to navigate and unpack the complex dynamics, or fault zones, of texts (literary and sociopolitical), contexts (Chinese and Western), intertexts (translation and creative writing),...
 “Turncoats” and “Diabolic Brainwashing” are among the headlines that met the 21 young American GIs who refused repatriation when the armistice was signed to end the Korean War (1950-53) and chose to go to Red China. Hollywood films such as “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) didn’t help ease the frenzy over the perceived Communist diabolism either. For a long time no one knows...
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An unprecedented historical novel, Purple Mountain presents a riveting, profoundly intimate portrait of Nanjing and its people during the first six days after its fall to the Japanese army in 1937. Three editions of the novel, one English and two Chinese, were published in 2005. A screenplay Qi wrote based on the novel has been optioned for production. This English Chinese...
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 The 14 short stories collected in the book, all inspired by real-life events, are about people caught in the unsettling drama of a fast-changing China, about the average person who thrusts forward in life, stubbornly, despite the bewilderment, the setbacks, and sometimes, the stunning blows. Witty, poignant, absurd, and shocking, the stories were originally written in English and...
Pearl Jacket and Other Stories: Flash Fiction from Contemporary China
This collection features 120 short-short stories (from 100 to 300 words each), written by some of China's most dynamic and versatile authors. Traditional, experimental, and avant-garde, The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories will reinvigorate the position of young Chinese writers as a major presence in contemporary literature.
Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories
The stories collected here are “fantasies” of a former Red Guard. They are about people caught in the unsettling dramas of Chinese society accelerating at a blistering pace in the decades after the Cultural Revolution.
When the Purple Mountain Burns: A Novel
This novel tells the story of the events that occurred in Shouhua Qi's hometown during the winter of 1937-38. Told from multiple viewpoints, it focuses on the day before the Japanese army entered Nanking (the capital of China), and the first six days of the reign of terror that followed.
The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy
The delightful (and almost comic) story of an artist's 40-year quest for the incarnation of the ideal woman, which flits from woman to woman and remains forever elusive.
A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy
The story of a beautiful young woman caught in a love triangle, which ends with tragic pathos.
Bridging the Pacific: Searching for Cross-Cultural Understanding between the United States and China
A collection of essays that intertwine his personal experiences with the politics of China and the United States, his native culture and his adopted one.