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China’s Greatest Prose Experimentalist Can Xue to Give Reading at Bard College, Monday, October 17

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, October 17, celebrated avant-garde fiction writer and literary critic Can Xue will read from her recent work at Bard College. English translations of her fiction include Blue Light in the Sky and Other Stories, Five Spice Street, Vertical Motion, The Last Lover (winner of the Best Translated Book Award), and the forthcoming Frontier. She will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series and cosponsored by the Bard Program in Written Arts, takes place at 4 p.m. in Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center and will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
 “Can Xue is one of the most innovative and important contemporary writers in world literature,” says Morrow. “She possesses one of the most glorious, vivid, lyrical, elaborate, poignant, hellacious imaginations on the planet. She is the finest revolutionary Gothicist writing today and the true daughter of Kafka and Borges. No reader emerges from her powerful fictional dreams unscathed, for her work is as dangerous as it is beautiful. She can infiltrate the deepest part of our human experience with such subtlety and totality that it takes my breath away.” And Susan Sontag once said, “If China has one possibility of a Nobel laureate it is Can Xue.”
For more information about this event or to be placed on the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series e-mail list, call 845-758-7054 or e-mail
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This event was last updated on 10-04-2016