Love in the New Millennium

Can Xue


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Yale University Press
2 April 2024
ISBN: 9780300278262
288 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen
Foreword by Eileen Myles

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019

The most ambitious work of fiction by one of the world’s greatest writers

“In this dreamlike novel . . . amid increasingly bizarre scenarios, appearances give way to hidden, otherworldly layers.”—New Yorker
In this darkly comic novel, a group of women inhabits a world of constant surveillance, where informants lurk in the flower beds and conspiracies abound. Some try to flee—whether to a mysterious gambling bordello, underground ancestral homes, or Nest County, where traditional medicines can reshape or psychologically transport the self.
Can Xue’s mesmerizing storytelling traces love’s many guises—satirical, tragic, transient, lasting, nebulous, and fulfilling—against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of commerce and industry, fraud and exploitation, and sex and romance drawn from the East and the West.