Radical: A Life of My Own (Paperback)
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Radical: A Life of My Own (Paperback)

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Published: 07/03/2024
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The new memoir from prize-winning writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo - playful, provocative and original, it's her deeply personal take on striving for a life of her own

'When it comes to spinning light and shadow on the complexities of living, loving and language, Xiaolu Guo is one of the most valuable writers in the world' DEBORAH LEVY

The world can seem strange and lonely when you step away from your family and everything you have tried to call your own. Yet beauty may also appear. In the autumn of 2019 Xiaolu travelled to New York to take up her position as a visiting professor for a year, leaving her child and partner behind in London. The encounter with American culture and people threatens her sense of identity and throws her into a crisis - of meaning, desire, obligation and selfhood.

This is a memoir about separation - by continents, by language, and from people. It's about being an outsider and the desperate longing to connect. Xiaolu uses her exploration of language (one of the meanings of the word 'radical' is the graphic component, or root, of Chinese characters), and her own life, to create this unique text. At once a memoir, a dictionary, and an ardent love letter, it is an expression of her fascination with Western culture and her nostalgia for Eastern landscapes, and an attempt to describe the space in between. An archive of an artist's search for creative freedom, it is above all else an intimate account of her efforts to carve out a life of her own.

'Radical in angle of attack, smart and brave' IAIN SINCLAIR, author of The Gold Machine

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529920024
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

When it comes to spinning light and shadow on the complexities of living, loving and language, Xiaolu Guo is one of the most valuable writers in the world - DEBORAH LEVY

An etymological voyage that lives up to its title: radical in angle of attack, smart and brave. Making the urban condition of restlessness and pain into poetry - IAIN SINCLAIR, author of The Gold Machine

A wild, passionate, gorgeous book, wandering the borders of language and desire; walking cities and remembering the ghosts of past landscapes. Xiaolu Guo's books always open up new connections and curiosities for me. She is certainly among my favourite contemporary writers - AYSEGUL SAVAS, author of White on White

Xiaolu Guo is a writer like no other, and this is a memoir like no other - RANA MITTER, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford

Xiaolu Guo is a writer like no other, and this is a memoir like no other. Organised through a series of words that cut across languages, the book shows the divides and the connections that define a life lived between China, Europe and America, all explained with wit, lightness of touch and the occasional pinch of heartbreak - RANA MITTER

Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2024 with Xiaolu Guo and UCL Urban Lab

Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2024 with Xiaolu Guo and UCL Urban Lab

London - Gower Street
Monday 3rd June 18:30 - 20:30

Join us for an evening with Xiaolo Guo who will deliver this year's Cities Imaginaries Lecture, in partnership with UCL Urban Lab.

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