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The Last Lover / Annelise Finegan Can Xue.

Author/Creator:
Can Xue, Annelise Finegan, author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (336 pages)
Series:
The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Husband and wife -- Fiction.
Paramours -- Fiction.
Unrequited love -- Fiction.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Winner of the 2015 Best Translated Book Award for fiction, presented by Three Percent, a resource for international literature In Can Xue's extraordinary book, we encounter a full assemblage of husbands, wives, and lovers. Entwined in complicated, often tortuous relationships, these characters step into each other's fantasies, carrying on conversations that are "forever guessing games." Their journeys reveal the deepest realms of human desire, figured in Can Xue's vision of snakes and wasps, crows, cats, mice, earthquakes, and landslides. In dive bars and twisted city streets, on deserts and snowcapped mountains, the author creates an extreme world where every character "is driving death away with a singular performance." Who is the last lover? The novel is bursting with vividly drawn characters. Among them are Joe, sales manager of a clothing company in an unnamed Western country, and his wife, Maria, who conducts mystical experiments with the household's cats and rosebushes. Joe's customer Reagan is having an affair with Ida, a worker at his rubber plantation, while clothing-store owner Vincent runs away from his wife in pursuit of a woman in black who disappears over and over again. By the novel's end, we have accompanied these characters on a long march, a naive, helpless, and forsaken search for love, because there are just some things that can't be stopped-or helped.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
1. JOE AND HIS BOOKS
2 MR. REAGAN
3. WHAT HAPPENED ON THE RUBBER TREE PLANTATION
4. KIM'S PASTURE
5. MARIA'S INTERESTS
6. LISA'S SECRETS
7. YOUNG DANIE
8. MARIA TRAVELS
9. IDA'S LIFE IN EXILE
10. REAGAN ' S DIFFICULTIES
11. VINCENT VISITS THE GAMBLING CITY
12. JOE RESOLVES TO LEAVE
13. JOE ARRIVES IN THE EAST
14. IDA RETURNS TO THE FARM
15. VINCENT AND THE FIVE DRAGON TOWER
16. LISA AND MARI A'S LONG MARCH
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
Contributor:
Wasmoen, Annelise Finegan
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300206883
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300206883 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.