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Guo Xiaolu  [ China, United Kingdom ]

Biography

Portrait Guo
Copyright Guo / C. Christian Sinibaldi

Guest 2014, 2015, 2017.

Bibliography

Stadt der Steine

Knaus

München, 2005

[Ü: Anne Rademacher]

Kleines Wörterbuch für Liebende

Knaus

München, 2008

[Ü: Anne Rademacher]

Ein Ufo, dachte sie

Knaus

München, 2009

[Ü: Anne Rademacher]

Ich bin China

Knaus

München, 2015

[Ü: Anne Rademacher]

Es war einmal im Fernen Osten

Knaus

München, 2017

[Ü: Anne Rademacher]

Xiaolu Guo was born in 1973 and grew up in southern China. She studied at the Film Academy of Beijing and the National Film and Television School in London. As a prize-winning, but censorship-restricted writer of screenplays, she initially published several acclaimed and widely translated novels. In 2002, Guo moved to London and made several documentary and feature films that have been screened at international festivals, in addition to writing »A concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers« (2007), her debut in English.

Her satirical novel »UFO in Her Eyes« (2009), set in a southern Chinese village after an alleged alien landing, is a clear reflection of the discrepancy between provincial Chinese attitudes and the breathtakingly rapid mechanisms of economic development. She adapted it for the screen in 2011, with Udo Kier as an American mistaken for an extraterrestrial. Guo’s novel, »I Am China« (2014), is a contemporary variation of the traditional epistolary novel across languages and continents. Iona, a young London translator, receives a bundle of Chinese letters and diary entries from a publisher. Translation of the correspondence successively reveals a love story between a rock musician, Jian, and Mu, a student from the south, who first met at Beijing University shortly after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. After Jian distributes a manifesto at a concert, he is first imprisoned and then forced into exile. Mu tries desperately to track him down. Touching upon the development of the democracy movement, including the Jasmine protests of February 2011, Guo contrasts the revolt against state repression with Iona’s indifferent English serenity. Iona finally decides to break out of her passivity and to commit herself to the couple, who have become strangely familiar. Her autobiography »Once Upon a Time in the East« (2017), which touches upon many themes found in her novels, starts with Guo’s childhood in a remote fishing village on the East China Sea and follows her to the film academy in the rapidly changing Beijing of the 1990s and on to London.

Guo was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Orange Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize, and is the winner of the Pearl Award for Creative Excellence. In 2009, her film »She, a Chinese« was honored with a Golden Leopard at the International Film Festival of Locarno. The literary magazine »Granta« listed her among the Best Young British Novelists of the year in 2013. Guo was a guest of the DAAD Artists in Residence program in Berlin in 2014, and a Writer in Residence at the Zurich Literature House in Switzerland in 2015.

[http://www.guoxiaolu.com]

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