A Lover's Discourse (Hardback)
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A Lover's Discourse (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 13/08/2020
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Set in post-Brexit Britain and told through the voices of two lovers, Guo’s novel takes a tender but unflinching look at how love speaks – in us, to us and through us – in times of uncertainty.

Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021

A Chinese woman comes to London to start a new life, away from her old world. She knew she would be lonely, adrift in the city, but will her new relationship bring her closer to this land she has chosen, will their love give her a home?

A Lover's Discourse is an exploration of romantic love told through fragments of conversations between the two lovers. Playing with language and the cultural differences that her narrator encounters as she settles into life in a post-Brexit Britain, Xiaolu Guo shows us how this couple navigate these differences, and their romance, whether on their unmoored houseboat or in a stifling flatshare in east London, or journeying through other continents together...

Suffused with a wonderful sense of humour, this intimate and tender novel asks universal questions: what is the meaning of home when we've been uprooted? How can a man and woman be together? And how best to find solid ground in a world of uncertainty?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784743499
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 144 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Guo is an unsparing noticer. The truthfulness and accuracy of Guo's language gives the book mischief and energy. There are shades of Lydia Davis in her carefully etched sentences as she details the ups and downs of the relationship without sentimentality... . Along the way, it's capacious enough to touch on moments of real darkness, while somehow managing to be mordant, funny and, ultimately, life-affirming' - Marcel Theroux, The New York Times 

'A fragmentary meditation on the nature of love, on desire and on connection between two humans ... this book sets off cross-cultural echoes with the lightest of strokes' - Aida Edemariam, The Guardian 

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“Brilliant, powerful and thoughtful”

In ‘A Lover’s Discourse’ by Xiaolu Guo, an unnamed Chinese woman emigrates to London to study for a PhD in visual anthropology at King’s. It’s December 2015, six months before the Brexit referendum. The subject of the... More

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“Had promise”

I did like parts of this and i had a lot of potential but i think overall it just missed something for me. I liked the characters for the most but the dialogue and the chapters length (or lack of at times) was a bit... More

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“A great way to re-examine a classic of literature; full of energy and heart”

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