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A Private Life by Ran Chen, translated by John Howard-Gibbon [in AsianWeek]

Private LifeIn post-Tian’anmen China, Ni Niuniu refers to herself as “a fragment in a fragmented age.” Indeed, at almost 30, she is a young woman who has lost all the important people in her life, one by one, over and over again – her nanny, her dearest friend, her mother, the love of her life. Alone and isolated, she decides that she prefers a life of total seclusion, preferring to wander the streets, and returning alone to her small apartment to record the events of her day: “Two worlds, one inside, one outside, and I can’t decide which is nothing more than dreams.”

Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, June 25, 2004

Readers: Adult

Published: 2004


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