Recommended Untranslated Books
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- Happy (高兴), by Jia Pingwa
- The tragi-comic story of two trash-collecting peasants determined to conquer Xi'an and realize their dream of becoming city-folk.
- Dancing Through Red Dust (原谅我红尘颠倒), by Murong Xuecun
- A surprisingly frank and raunchy romp through the corruption and debauchery that prevail in China's newly-formed legal profession.
- Everything Grows (万物生长), by Feng Tang
- This coming-of-age tale has helped define and express not only life in Beijing's new middle class, but what it means to be young in China.
- Northern Girl (北妹), by Sheng Keyi
- Qian Xiaohong and her fellow migrant workers struggle to make lives for themselves in the city of Shenyang, building their own fragile under-society as they face questions of self-respect, principle, and survival.
- Black and White (黑白), by Chu Fujin
- A young chess prodigy uses his skill to make a life for himself in pre-war Nanjing, a life that is thrown into chaos when the Japanese invade and the boy, now becoming a man, embarks on a journey south that simultaneously leads him forward and backward in the history of his romantic relationships.
- Abandoned Capital (废都), by Jia Pingwa
- A gloriously sexual tale of a young literary lion who comes to Xi'an to worship, then challenge, his idol and mentor, the writer Zhuang Zhidie.
- Notes on Principles (务虚笔记), by Shi Tiesheng
- The incredible challenge of self-definition in the new China is dramatized through the experiences of six characters: a painter, a teacher, a doctor, a poet, a director and a disabled person.
- Floating City (浮城) by Liang Xiaosheng
- This "Lord of the Flies for adults" tells the bizarre tale of an entire city that breaks away from the mainland and floats away to sea, leaving the inhabitants to cling to civilization as best they can.
- Coloratura (花腔), Li Er
- Historical truth can be both revealed and concealed within documents – this is the formally-adventurous novel of the revolutionary poet Ge Ren, and his search for truth.