Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Xiaolu Guo – Once Upon A Time In The East

September 30, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


In China identity is a straight jacket imposed upon you. It’s not about the self.

In 2013 Xiaolu Guo was named one of the best young British novelists of the decade, an accolade previously awarded to the likes of Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith. Growing up in a remote fishing village in a very rigid communist society, her transformation has been astounding.
Having been bored by film at film school, the subsequent decade was prolific both in her movie making and novel writing. Even more remarkable, she writes in her second language, following in the footsteps of Conrad, Beckett and Kundera.

‘When you change your language to write it’s a big freedom, and a scary freedom… I’m still learning…all my sensibilities are still very Eastern.’
Xiaolu’s work is fuelled by identity, alienation and lovelessness, and inspired by the free spiritedness of the Nouvelle Vague, the Beats and Punk. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Her latest book, Once Upon A Time In The East, is a memoir of her struggles with, and escape from, the constraints of gender, poverty and state interference. She will be in conversation with Nicky Harman, literary translator and blogger.


September 30, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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St Marys Church Hall
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