Zhu Wen: I love Dollars
Few books have triggered such vehement reaction when published in China as this quickly-banned collection of stories: For some, a “shameless hooligan literature”, for others the refreshingly audacious new voice of a young urban generation.
Zhu Wen leads his first-person narrators into situations that often escalate beyond the limits of the absurd. As anti-heroes they fight as much against the resistance of their fellow human beings as against life in general, which has become quite complicated with the seemingly limitless new possibilities of individual enrichment. However, the author’s great talent for humour and his relaxed narrative tone, sometimes reminiscent of Nick Hornby, ensure that his stories bring only tears of laughter.
Translated from Chinese by Frank Meinshausen.
(eBook) – Language: German – ca. 360 pages – 8,40 $ / 5,99 £ ♦ Press Reviews
Luo Lingyuan: The Stars of Shenzhen
Dai Xingkong is only in his mid-thirties but is already one of China’s wealthiest private entrepreneurs. His company Tenglong, which simultaneously develops software programs and natural remedies, is growing as fast as Dai’s ambitions, symbolized by the new company center, which he is building higher and higher. Soon, however, counterfeit products, corruption and intrigue increasingly cause him problems. After several personal twists of fate Dai falls into a dangerous downward spiral. Until, that is, he receives help from a completely unexpected quarter: from the hitherto unseen women.
“The Stars of Shenzhen” draws a multi-faceted picture of China’s first founding generation, its values, aspirations and struggles. Thus, it reads like an economic crime thriller. For everyone who wants to understand China’s remarkable upswing and its social impacts, this book is a must-read.
(eBook) – Language: German – ca. 400 pages – 9,30 $ / 6,99 £ ♦ Press reviews
Luo Lingyuan: Night Swimming in the Rhine
All happy relationships are alike, all unlucky relationships have their own misfortune. Following this motto, Luo Lingyuan tells five stories of mostly young Chinese women in Germany: a fashion designer, two students, an employee of a shipping company and an actress. Though they have found a (German) partner, they are still yearning for a fulfilled and lasting love. The obstacles they encounter in seeking a place for themselves in the alien country and society include not only the more or less hidden differences between the two cultures, but also jealousy, infidelity or the reckless egoism of men. Things however do not always stay the way they are. In their pursuit of happiness and self-realization some of the weak and passive seeming women develop unimagined powers.
Translated by Axel Kassing. ♦ (eBook) – Language: German – ca. 400 pages – 6,99 $ / 5,30 £ ♦ Press reviews
Eleven Times China City
Eleven Chinese authors, born between 1961 and 1974, tell of the lives of their own generation in China’s fast-growing major cities: of their quest for happiness and love, their rebellion against traditional concepts of morality and their sometimes self-destructive longing for freedom and self-realization. All eleven stories reflect the enormous social upheavals which started with the economic boom of the 1990s and continue to the present day.
An anthology with texts by Zhu Wen, Dai Lai, Li Dawei, Anni Baobei, Wu Chenjun, Bi Feiyu, Zhao Ning, Wang Ai, Huang Fan, Ma Lan and Han Dong.
Translated from Chinese by Frank Meinshausen. ♦ Radio and press reviews
(eBook) – Language: German – 250 pages – 6,99 $ / 5,20 £
Luo Lingyuan: How a Chinese Woman gets pregnant
32 years old and still not pregnant? That’s an intolerable situation! This at least is the view of the parents of Tingyi, a Chinese photographer who lives in Berlin with her German boyfriend, Robert. While the young couple pay them a new year visit in Canton, her parents try their best to get a grandchild as soon as possible – to Robert’s, but not Tingyi’s, delight. However, a heated family conflict arising over another matter and the fact that Robert commits one cultural gaffe after another give her a breathing space: Time to deliberate over the hopes and desires which she herself holds for her own future.
A mischievously-narrated novel about a German-Chinese love relationship, heteronomy and self-determination plus the different conceptions of partnership and family in East and West. Luo Lingyuan masters the art of portraying her figures with light brush strokes, so you have no other choice but to be delighted by them, to suffer and to laugh with them.
(eBook), Language: German – ca. 190 pages – 5,40 $ / 4,20 £ ♦ Press reviews
Lu Bingwen: The Land of Forms
The Golden Stool, the sanctuary of the Ashanti, must be brought back to God in heaven to secure it from Dutch colonizers and a hostile neighboring tribe. But at the top of the self-built cloud-ladder Kambo, the young Ashanti woman, comes across a strange land of geometrical forms and its no less peculiar inhabitants. Together with her two friends Tima and Dunu she soon becomes the last hope of her village. But can the imminent doom really yet be stopped?
Set in Ghana’s colonial era “The land of forms” tells of a world in which imagination and magic, together with rationality and logic form an inseparable whole. In this way even the most surprising turn of events still appears plausible.
Translated from Chinese by Frank Meinshausen. ♦ (eBook) – Language: German – 55 pages – 5,70 $ / 4,40 £
Lu Bingwen: The Oracle
As if Ra didn’t have enough trouble with his new competitor Jahwe, now a Persian scholar named Tao even feels obliged to utter serious doubts about the functioning of the scales used to weigh the souls of the deceased in the netherworld. An expert group of over 2,500 mathematicians is supposed to help the Gods of Egypt, among them Alan Turing, who starts to build a huge computing machine. But events soon come thick and fast and lead into a battle of almost biblical proportions…
With “The Oracle” Leon Lubing has created a thrilling fantasy story which combines mathematics with mythology and religious history with eroticism in an intelligent but none the less entertaining manner.
Translated from Chinese by Frank Meinshausen. ♦ (eBook) – Language: German – 60 pages – 5,70 $ / 4,40 £
Luo Lingyuan: Now you’re flying from the Fifth Floor for my Son!
Eleven disturbing stories from China with an irresistible pull. Stories about a country in transition, still largely characterised by lack of prospects, poverty and social insecurity. At the book’s heart are lowly employees, entrepreneurs, farmers, students or civil servants. They all live in a society where most people are completely abandoned to the whims of the police and the authorities as well as to the coldness and selfishness of their fellow human beings. The tales were based on images and memories from the author’s childhood and youth, which she has interwoven in the stories with an air of sophistication. Although the book, which won Luo Lingyuan the 2007 ›Adelbert-von-Chamisso Sponsorship Prize‹, flashes with occasional moments of hope, it is not really suitable bedtime reading, requiring as it does a steady nerve.
(eBook) – Language: German – ca. 200 pages – 6,60 $ / 4,99 £ ♦ Press reviews