Can Xue


Born
in China
May 30, 1953

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残雪

Can Xue (Chinese: 残雪; pinyin: Cán Xuĕ), née Deng Xiaohua (Chinese: 邓小华), is a Chinese avant-garde fiction writer, literary critic, and tailor. She was born May 30, 1953 in Changsha, Hunan, China. Her family was severely persecuted following her father being labeled an ultra-rightist in the Anti-rightist Movement of 1957. Her writing, which consists mostly of short fiction, breaks with the realism of earlier modern Chinese writers. She has also written novels, novellas, and literary criticisms of the work of Dante, Jorge Luis Borges, and Franz Kafka. Some of her fiction has been translated and published in English.

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Love in the New Millennium

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Dialogues in Paradise

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Five Spice Street

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The Last Lover

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The Embroidered Shoes

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I Live in the Slums: Stories

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“To show my revulsion, I jumped on the tea table several times and pretended it was an accident when I knocked the phone off the hook so that there couldn’t be any incoming calls.”
Can Xue, Vertical Motion

“The thing I love watching most is the swirling cotton candy. The contraption for making it is like a flat-bottomed pan. One puts sugar in it, turns the crank, and after a while, a large shimmering ball emerges; it’s like cotton—and like silk, too. Indeed, there’s nothing lovelier.”
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“The poplars were a symbol. It was only the light from behind the poplars that made their silhouettes visible.”
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January 2021 Monthly Read Poll: East Asian Authors

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder
 
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  3 votes, 13.0%

 
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Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu
 
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Frontier by Can Xue, translated by Karen Gernant & Zeping Chen
 
  3 votes, 13.0%

The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto, translated Takami Nieda
 
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