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Peach Blossom Paradise by Ge Fei

Peach Blossom Paradise

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Peach Blossom Paradise by Ge Fei
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Dec 08, 2020 | ISBN 9781681374703

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“An engrossing retelling of the Peach Blossom Paradise myth. . . . Rather than offering a well-trodden narrative of romance and revolution, Ge Fei shows that a determined revolutionary isn’t necessarily a shrewd one . . . [A] stirring, illuminating saga.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Peach Blossom Paradise has none of the solidity of settled history. Or rather, its unspoken point is that history itself is the incalculable sum of countless individual desires and misapprehensions. . . . A degree of delicacy is required to conjure the theme of transience, and it seems to me that Canaan Morse’s translation into English is exemplary, capturing the novel’s many registers—its childhood innocence, its biting humor and its streaks of terror and brutality—while preserving the narrative buoyancy that seems to leave the entire novel levitating in midair.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

“A complex work of alternative history (its invented characters commit deeds that parallel those of real revolutionaries int he late 1890s and early 1900s, while forming and breaking plenty of romantic attachments), it has been gracefully translated by Canaan Morse, following its initial publication in China in 2007.” —Jeffery Wasserstrom, The TLS

”It is impossible to enter the deeper aspects of contemporary Chinese literature without also entering the world of Ge Fei.“ —Enrique Vila-Matas

“Unlike the spiritually stifled Beijing of The Invisibility Cloak, the rural milieu that Peach Blossom Paradise depicts is electrified, however fleetingly, by a sense that another world might be possible. . . . It has to be a rare achievement for a book this richly (and, for the most part, traditionally) plotted to end up feeling like one long, vaporous sigh.” —Andrew Chan, 4 Columns

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