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The author of the book: Lan Lan
Edition: Zephyr Press
Date of issue: April 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9781938890017
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The size of the: 6.43 MB
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Presented in five thematic sections, this bilingual collection compiles Lan Lan's most characteristic work, showcasing her lyricism, austerity, luminosity, and moral sensibilities. Previous translations have appeared in the anthology Push Open the Window (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) and Another Kind of Nation: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman House, 2007).
From Short Lines:
Already too late. Before Iget lost.
I like this —
madness. The stillest.
You drag along your experience to love me, yet fear
using it to know me.
I'll be a way you reach for the world:
everything is different, so it's
Born in 1967, Lan Lan grew up in the Shandong countryside, where she recalls, "I went to a school where classrooms were cowsheds and the desks made from sun-dried mud brick. Right behind us were two cows among the peanut vines." At fourteen, Lan Lan published her first sequence of poems, "I Want to Sing," in a renowned literary journal. Today, she is the best-selling author of nine poetry titles and has earned a reputation as both a successful editor and a popular children's fiction writer whose work has been translated into ten languages. Awarded a string of prestigious literary prizes in China between 1996 and 2010, she garnered four of China's most important national literary prizes in 2009. Now living in Beijing, Lan Lan regularly cites as influences Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka, and William Blake, and revisits Chinese classical poetry, as well as Western contemporary writers such as Czeslaw Milosz, Wallace Stevens, Juan Ramon Jiménez, and René Char.
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Read information about the authorLan Lan (蓝蓝), nom de plume of Hu Lanlan, was born in 1967 in Yantai, Shandong Province. Considered as one of the most influential lyrical Chinese poets of the present time, she is the bestselling author of nine titles including Life with a Smile (1990), Songs of Romance (1993), Inner Life (1997), Sleep, Sleep (2003), and From Here, to Here (2008). She is also a prolific prose and children’s fiction writer. Awarded the prestigious Liu Li’an Poetry Prize in 1996, she was voted by a panel of seventy Chinese critics and poets as the top writer of the “Best Ten Female Poets.” In 2009, she garnered four of the most important national literary awards: the “Poetry & People” Award (regarded as the most significant Chinese popular international honor), the Yulong Poetry Prize, the “Best Ten Poets in China” Award, and Bing Xin Children’s Literature New Work Award. Currently, she lives in Beijing with her husband and their twin daughters.
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