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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

by Yiyun Li
£7.99   paperback  HarperCollins Publishers (2006)

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2006.
Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.
Shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers.
 
In this prize-winning collection of short stories, Yiyun Li brings us a modern China facing up to a complex history of repression and guilt.
 
In 'Extra', a Chinese woman, alone in middle age, befriends a young boy and we see how love begins to overcome the strictures that dominate their lives. In 'Immortality' a young man bears a striking resemblance to the Dictator, and so finds a strange kind of calling.
 
From the bustling heart of Beijing and the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history and culture intersect with personality to create fate. Revealing worlds both foreign and familiar, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose, this is a rich and astonishing collection from an original and important new writer.

"A brilliantly written collection... Li has a remarkable talent for telling the story of the whole of China through apparently insignificant lives. She has already become one of the most important Chinese voices of our time."
(New Statesman)

ISBN 13: 9780007196630 | ISBN 10: 0007196636