I Am China
Random House
Xiaolu Gou
“I Am China – Excerpt”

“I Am China –Excerpt” is the beginning of Xiaolu Guo’s new novel I AM CHINA (Nan Talese/Random House, 2014). Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002.


The English translation of her novel Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013.


I AM CHINA is a sweeping, romantic, and complex novel about two young lovers in contemporary China who struggle to overcome politics, family, and secrets of the past.


“I AM CHINA, her latest novel, is a multilayered exploration of politics and culture across three continents. It opens with a letter written by a Chinese man, who signs himself Jian, to Mu, his absent lover.” —The Guardian


“In an authoritarian state, is all art necessarily political? And if so, what is the artist’s responsibility? How far should he or she push? How does an individual operate in a society that values collectivism above all? And is this intersection of art and politics worth the turmoil, chaos, and pain that it causes to those you love? These are the questions at the heart of Xiaolu Guo’s new novel, I AM CHINA.” — NPR Books

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