Can Xue

Can Xue

Can Xue was born in 1953 in Changsha City, in Hunan province. Her parents were sent to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, and she graduated only from elementary school. She learned English on her own and ended up writing books on Borges, Shakespeare, and Dante. Other books by Can Xue published in the U.S. include: Five Spice Street (Yale University Press, 2009), The Embroidered Shoes (Henry Holt, 1997), Old Floating Cloud (Northwestern University Press, 1991), and Dialogues in Paradise (Northwestern University Press, 1989). Her work has been translated worldwide.

Blue Light in the Sky

Fiction by Can Xue

A couple moves with their young daughter to the seaside, only to be terrorized by hostile townsfolk, predatory seabirds, and the persistent sound of the waves. Two old friends spend their waning days traipsing amongst ruined walls, imagining bubbling brooks and lush marshland. An old man lives atop a bizarre wooden building in the clouds, where he is served pancakes by a hostile youth. These are the scenarios of just some of the stories in this generous new collection by Can Xue.…
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