A private life by Chen Ran

161EF1C1-DB2D-4FE0-9355-274118130423Book set in Beijing, China. Reviewed on 2019/05: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByICwDAAH6w/

“It’s too exhausting to live among people, and too dangerous. Living in China is like being dropped into a monstrous labyrinth. To get through it, it isn’t knowledge, talent, or knowledge that you need; it’s something else. I can’t handle it.” My last mini review for #may2019 takes us to the #beijing#china of #chenran and Niuniu’s private life. #aprivatelife she would like to ferociously attach herself to it and never let go. Despite her strong wish to do so, life seems to be constantly against her and instead throw other people’s considerations at her which end up messing up her life. #chen expresses very beautifully and elegantly the #comingofage story of a girl in the middle of a #culturalrevolution and #tiananmensquare . The historical framework is important but even more so it’s again her writing style and internal monologues which in my opinion make this book quite the experience. This book is a fast ride of internal monologues, ambiguous reflections and never ending contradictions between what she claims to wish and what ends up happening. #highlyrecommended #genderqueerlit#columbiauniversitypress #陈染#sirenshenghou #chineseliterature #私人生活 #北京市 #introspective #lgbtchina#queerchina

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