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Village of Stone - signed first edition

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A bewitching novel about memory, loss and the search for redemption, from one of China's freshest voices. Coral and her frisbee-obsessed boyfriend, Red, live in a cramped tower block in the megalopolis that is modern-day Beijing. The epitome of disaffected youth, their already fragile existence is shattered by the arrival of a mysterious fishy package. As the smells of the sea wash over her, Coral is transported back to a traumatic childhood dominated by solitude, fear and shame. Coral was raised by silent grandparents among the stern and superstitious fishermen of the remote village of Stone. Shunned from birth as a bringer of ill fortune, and exposed to the malevolent forces of a closed-off society, she immersed herself in the minutiae of the landscape around her. At fifteen, she escaped to the big city and shut the door on the darkness of her past. As the narrative darts between the forbidding sprawl of Beijing and the rhythms of a tiny coastal village, our narrator struggles to navigate a path through painful and hidden memories of a time spent helpless, cold and alone. But when a sick old man appears on Coral's doorstep, the past and present shockingly converge, and she is forced to confront the secrets of her history in order to realize her dreams for the future. Beautifully poetic, lyrical and haunting, yet infused with a quiet and gentle humour, Village of Stone is a startling and bewitching novel from one of contemporary China's freshest voices.
Translated from the Chinese by Cindy Carter. Signed and dated by the author on the title page.
The hardback cover is in good condition with only light bumping. The binding is sound. The pages are slightly yellowed.
Copyright 2004, first Great Britian edition.

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signed first edition
Author(s):
Guo, Xiaolu; Carter, Cindy (translator)
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0701176040
ISBN-13:
9780701176044
Number of pages:
181
Publisher:
Chatto & Windus
Title:
Village of Stone - signed first edition

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A bewitching novel about memory, loss and the search for redemption, from one of China's freshest voices. Coral and her frisbee-obsessed boyfriend, Red, live in a cramped tower block in the megalopolis that is modern-day Beijing. The epitome of disaffected youth, their already fragile existence is shattered by the arrival of a mysterious fishy package. As the smells of the sea wash over her, Coral is transported back to a traumatic childhood dominated by solitude, fear and shame. Coral was raised by silent grandparents among the stern and superstitious fishermen of the remote village of Stone. Shunned from birth as a bringer of ill fortune, and exposed to the malevolent forces of a closed-off society, she immersed herself in the minutiae of the landscape around her. At fifteen, she escaped to the big city and shut the door on the darkness of her past. As the narrative darts between the forbidding sprawl of Beijing and the rhythms of a tiny coastal village, our narrator struggles to navigate a path through painful and hidden memories of a time spent helpless, cold and alone. But when a sick old man appears on Coral's doorstep, the past and present shockingly converge, and she is forced to confront the secrets of her history in order to realize her dreams for the future. Beautifully poetic, lyrical and haunting, yet infused with a quiet and gentle humour, Village of Stone is a startling and bewitching novel from one of contemporary China's freshest voices.
Translated from the Chinese by Cindy Carter. Signed and dated by the author on the title page.
The hardback cover is in good condition with only light bumping. The binding is sound. The pages are slightly yellowed.
Copyright 2004, first Great Britian edition.

Added value:
signed first edition
Author(s):
Guo, Xiaolu; Carter, Cindy (translator)
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0701176040
ISBN-13:
9780701176044
Number of pages:
181
Publisher:
Chatto & Windus
Title:
Village of Stone - signed first edition

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