buying a fishing rod for my grandfather - gao xingjianThis book is an anthology of six short stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Gao Xingjian. Sensory experience is at the heart of Xingjian’s storytelling; the works read as a seriesĀ of vignettes, rather than following a conventional narrative thread. Throughout the collection, compiled in the 80s, Chinese urbanisation provides a moving counterpoint to the central ideas of nostalgia and lost memory. A beautiful and compelling portrait of alienation in contemporary China.

Set in 1980s China.

Recommended by Walter.

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