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The Resource My South Seas sleeping beauty : a tale of memory and longing, Zhang Guixing ; translated by Valerie Jaffee

My South Seas sleeping beauty : a tale of memory and longing, Zhang Guixing ; translated by Valerie Jaffee

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My South Seas sleeping beauty : a tale of memory and longing
Title
My South Seas sleeping beauty
Title remainder
a tale of memory and longing
Statement of responsibility
Zhang Guixing ; translated by Valerie Jaffee
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Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
"My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a coming-of-age tale set in the magical jungles of Borneo. Told through the vivid recollections of a Chinese-Malay youth, the novel recounts the life of Su Qi, a troubled, sensitive son of a wealthy family, and exemplifies the imaginative range of one of Taiwan's most innovative writers." ""There were all sorts of stories about how my younger sister died," Su Qi begins, hinting at the power of memory to bend and refract truth. Yet whichever the real story may be, the fact is that the death of Su Qi's sister created an irrevocable rift in Su Qi's family, driving his father into the arms of aboriginal women and his mother into a world of her own invention." "In an effort to escape the oppression of home, Su Qi loses himself in the surrounding jungle, full of Communist guerillas and strange tropical fauna. The jungle further blurs the line between fantasy and reality for Su Qi, until he meets Chunxi, the beautiful, frail daughter of his father's best friend. Chunxi is an oasis of kindness and honesty in an otherwise cruel and evasive world, but after a bizarre accident, Chunxi falls into a deep coma, and Su Qui flees to Taiwan." "In college Su Qi meets Keyi, a vivacious siren who helps Su Qi forget not only his violent past but also the colorful tales of his youth. When a family member dies, however, Su Qi is pulled back to the jungles of Borneo where he begins to unravel the secrets of his family's past - a story stranger than any fairy tale - and learns that his cherished dream of awakening his beloved Chunxi may be more than just a fantasy." "My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a deeply evocative exploration of sexuality and identity and a masterful reworking of Chinese and Western myth. Valerie Jaffee's careful translation retains all the tone and detail of the original work and provides rare access to a new generation of Chinese writers born in Southeast Asia."--Jacket
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Zhang, Guixing
Dewey number
895.1/352
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Chinese
LC call number
PL2837.K79
LC item number
W6213 2007
Literary form
fiction
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Jaffee, Valerie
Series statement
Modern Chinese literature from Taiwan
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  • Zhang, Guixing
  • Zhang, Guixing
Label
My South Seas sleeping beauty : a tale of memory and longing, Zhang Guixing ; translated by Valerie Jaffee
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Publication
Note
Translated from the Chinese
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm71427109
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 206 pages
Isbn
9780231140584
Lccn
2006030717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)71427109
Label
My South Seas sleeping beauty : a tale of memory and longing, Zhang Guixing ; translated by Valerie Jaffee
Publication
Note
Translated from the Chinese
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm71427109
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 206 pages
Isbn
9780231140584
Lccn
2006030717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)71427109

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