Like a Dickens or Dostoevsky novel, tale of Beijing hutong life The Wedding Party, by Liu Xinwu, conceals drama and trauma beneath the seemingly inconsequential

The Wedding Party by Liu Xinwu, translated by Jeremy Tiang, pub. Amazon CrossingA happy winter scene, a smiling close-knit community, good food and a little alcohol. The cover of the first English translation of Liu Xinwu’s 1984 novel The Wedding Party might have you thinking this 400-page novel is a piece of light nostalgia set amid the old hutong alleyway communities of Beijing’s ancient Drum and Bell Towers district (Gulou).Liu also dangles the lure of easy entertainment in the first few…

Like a Dickens or Dostoevsky novel, tale of Beijing hutong life The Wedding Party, by Liu Xinwu, conceals drama and trauma beneath the seemingly inconsequential
The Wedding Party by Liu Xinwu, translated by Jeremy Tiang, pub. Amazon CrossingA happy winter scene, a smiling close-knit community, good food and a little alcohol. The cover of the first English translation of Liu Xinwu’s 1984 novel The Wedding Party might have you thinking this 400-page novel is a piece of light nostalgia set amid the old hutong alleyway communities of Beijing’s ancient Drum and Bell Towers district (Gulou).Liu also dangles the lure of easy entertainment in the first few…