Frontier One of the most raved about works of translated fiction this year Jonathan Sturgeon FlavorwireFrontier opens with the story of Liujin a young woman heading out on her own to create her own life in P

  • Title: Frontier
  • Author: Can Xue Karen Gernant Chen Zeping Porochista Khakpour
  • ISBN: 9781940953540
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most raved about works of translated fiction this year Jonathan Sturgeon, FlavorwireFrontier opens with the story of Liujin, a young woman heading out on her own to create her own life in Pebble Town, a somewhat surreal place at the base of Snow Mountain where wolves roam the streets and certain enlightened individuals can see and enter a paradisiacal garden.E One of the most raved about works of translated fiction this year Jonathan Sturgeon, FlavorwireFrontier opens with the story of Liujin, a young woman heading out on her own to create her own life in Pebble Town, a somewhat surreal place at the base of Snow Mountain where wolves roam the streets and certain enlightened individuals can see and enter a paradisiacal garden.Exploring life in this city or in the frontier through the viewpoint of a dozen different characters, some simple, some profound, Can Xue s latest novel attempts to unify the grand opposites of life barbarism and civilization, the spiritual and the material, the mundane and the sublime, beauty and death, Eastern and Western cultures.A layered, multifaceted masterpiece from the 2015 winner of the Best Translated Book Award, Frontier exemplifies John Darnielle s statement that Can Xue s books read as if dreams had invaded the physical world Can Xue is a pseudonym meaning dirty snow, leftover snow She learned English on her own and has written books on Borges, Shakespeare, and Dante Her publications in English include The Embroidered Shoes, Five Spice Street, Vertical Motion, and The Last Lover, which won the 2015 Best Translated Book Award for Fiction.Karen Gernant is a professor emerita of Chinese history at Southern Oregon University She translates in collaboration with Chen Zeping.Chen Zeping is a professor of Chinese linguistics at Fujian Teachers University, and has collaborated with Karen Gernant on than ten translations.

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    1. Can Xue imagine(s) an airtight surreal alt-real populated by headless men, wolves and geckos, shifting mountains, and a Design Institute that serves no real function(?). In Frontier, China’s “premier writer of the avant-garde, an experimental trickster” (Porochista Khakpour) creates a striking sequence of happenings in the lives various unusuals, foremost of whom is the wild Liujin. Xue calls her style “material writing”, and takes “our Great Nature, especially our dark Earth Mother [...]

    2. Reading Frontier is a bit like watching a very large polaroid form its image slowly over a very extended period of time. At first all is fuzzy. The people in the picture, and the events surrounding them, seem like arbitrary blurs with little connection or resolution. Over the course of the novel, these shapes take on increasing detail and depth, and the spaces between them fill in so that an overarching organization can be detected. Hundreds of pages pass first -- it's a slow process, you might [...]

    3. R Can Xue is not an easy read, not because her language or concepts are difficult but because she challenges what is expected in narrative form and structure. I have a detailed review published at Numero Cinq. See: numerocinqmagazine/2017/04

    4. I've held off writing this review for a day, hoping it would become clearer to me how to describe this book. But alas nothing has struck me as comprehensible. Perhaps that's to be expected, as ultimately I did not find this novel to be comprehensible, at least in any way I would normally describe a novel. Many reviewers turn to the quote from John Darnielle on the back of the book -- "Can Xue's books read 'as if dreams had invaded the physical world.'" It is an excellent description of how the b [...]

    5. Imagine that the show "Twin Peaks" was a 64-year old Chinese woman who was sitting next to you in your booth at a mescaline club in an alternate reality, and you would have "Frontier".The author, Can Xue (a clever pseudonym which means "dirty, leftover snow"), is actually a 64-year old Chinese woman and very well might be from an alternate reality. Or at least writes from one right at you.This is a work of the kind of weird, headlong, heady genius that most people would sniff at. For instance, i [...]

    6. I think I just wasn't in the right mood for this book. As far as I could tell after reading the first 50 pages or so, it's got a kind of serious whimsy (an oxymoron that means something to me, at least!) that I could have liked. For example, character names. Why are two Chinese characters named Nancy and Juan, but the others have Chinese-language names? This strikes me as the kind of book that wouldn't explain that - it just is what it is. You don't read this book for a plot - you just let the c [...]

    7. Pseudonymously-named Can Xue (the name means "dirty snow" or "leftover snow" and apparently invokes pejorative language used in China to denigrate the kind of experimental fiction she writes) writes the mystical. That is to say that the mystical is her subject, and that she seems so enmeshed in the mystical that she herself becomes expressed in it (as an a posteriori expression of it). Never has a pseudonym (it could have been any pseudonym) been more appropriate. This is the first book of hers [...]

    8. Frontier is set in a small town with long roads, freely moving wild animals and people who build a strange symbiotic relationship with the nature and the town itself. Can Xue weaves a surreal story set in a time and space unlike the one we live in. The town sits on a frontier expanding to a dense forest on one side and a snowy mountain on the other. A design institute takes up half the town with houses, gardens, shops dotting around it. The foot traffic in this town is less and gives the appeara [...]

    9. Frontier is an experimental novel by Chinese writer Can Xue set in on the northern border in Pebble Town, an odd city dominated by the mysterious Design Institute. Each chapter follows a different character or group of characters, but the story centers on Liujin, a woman living on her own since her parents retired to Smoke City. As she, and those she comes into contact with, go about their lives, odd things happen. Frontier is described as surreal and there is a folk tale feel to this novel, wit [...]

    10. I want to start with saying that this won't be an extremely long review. This book was of a different reading format and style, and I found it to be quite refreshing. If a person chooses to read Frontier, that person will have to be patient and be able to enjoy constant references to nature. It takes a depth of concentration for this book to make any sense. I allowed myself at least 2 weeks to slowly read through, so I might not miss too many details. There were many ideas and points of view hap [...]

    11. Het is bijna onmogelijk om over dit boek een review te schrijven. De schrijfster heeft al heel veel geschreven en schijnt erg populair te zijn. Dit is het eerste wat ik van haar lees. Het verhaal speelt zich grotendeels af in Pebble town, een stadje aan de grens van China(?). Alles is vaag. Mensen trekken er naar toe om in het "Design Institute" te gaan werken. Nergens wordt beschreven wat ze daar doen. Enerzijds is het een verhaal over het leven in die stad, maar er is een andere laag, die je m [...]

    12. Possibly the worst feeling you can have as a reader is the sensation that some brilliant work respected by all the people you respect completely fails to connect. All the right people have said all the right things about Frontier and it seems like everything I would like. But I just don't get it and I don't like it. At all. And I hate to think that I'm missing out on the party when so many people have so many interesting things to say about it, but I apart from a few lovely, disconnected images [...]

    13. It's so hard for me to give up on a book, especially one I've heard great things about, but I'm just not even enjoying this. I know it's experimental but I think it might be too experimental for me. I'm somewhere around page 110 and none of it, I mean almost literally none of it, makes any sense. I read pages and pages and have no idea what happened, whether any of it was real, if any of the characters are real people, if some of them are actually more than one person, if things twenty years apa [...]

    14. I'm not even sure its fair to give this book a rating, this book seems to not be written for it's audience, it is written for the writer by the writer in the manner that the writer chooses and we are just incidental observers who get to wander around a very strange landscape of this writers imagination. That said the landscape is strange and quite wonderful, I would recommend everyone give it a shot, I don't think you even need to read all of it if you don't like it, it's not a linear story it's [...]

    15. I couldn't get past 40 pages of this book. I was waiting for characters to develop, for the book to be worth my time to read but just lost interest with her style of writing. I don't know if her characters became any deeper later. With permission by the author, they changed a lot of Chinese names to English, even Spanish names that sounded close, which I find insulting. What is wrong with English readers reading and appreciating how Chinese names sound and look like?

    16. I liked this book more than I expected but it took me a long time to read it because I could only manage a chapter or two a day (and sometimes had to take a break). Each chapter is like a dream: it has its own internal logic but doesn't make much sense if you try to find a story arc. This is not usually my thing but I was able to go with the flow and just enjoy my time in Pebble Town without trying to make it make sense.

    17. This had been described to me as a “fantasy” book, and I started reading with no idea that it was an experimental work. That information would have really helped.

    18. I loved Can Xue's short story collectionVertical Motion , also from Open Letter, but this book just fell flat. Very wispy and vague and meandering all over the place but ultimately going nowhere. I know it's an experimental work and not a conventional novel, but the characters felt too insubstantial for me to form any connection with them. They just kind of drifted around this weird, half-formed place.

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