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Binu and the Great Wall

Translated by Howard Goldblatt

Through Binu’s extraordinary story, Su Tong illuminates one of China’s most magical myths. It is an unforgettable adventure.

In Peach village, crying is forbidden. But as a child, Binu never learnt to hide her tears. Shunned by the villagers, she faced a bleak future, until she met Qiliang, an orphan who offered her his hand in marriage.

Then one day, Qiliang disappears. Binu learns that he has been transported hundreds of miles and forced to labour on a project of terrifying ambition and scale - the building of the Great Wall.

Binu is determined to find and save her husband. Inspired by her love, she sets out on an extraordinary journey towards Great Swallow Mountain, with only a blind frog for company. What follows is an unforgettable story of passion, hardship and magical adventure.

Su Tong
About the Author

Su Tong was born in Suzhou, China in 1963 and currently lives in Beijing. He is the author of the novel Rice and the three-novella collection Raise the Red Lantern, the title story of which was made into an Oscar-nominated film by Zhang Yimou.

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Extent:
188pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
5 May 2008
ISBN:
9781921351518
AU Price:
$19.95
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andBinu and the Great Wall

‘China’s strange landscape starts to mesmerise. Binu’s struggles…have all the acuity of a dream.’

‘The tale might have been passed down the generations in China, but to a European reader it has all the excitement and allure of a fresh discovery.’

‘A wonderful read—with all of a fairytale’s leaps and turns and queer, vivid images.’

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    ISBN: 9781921834141
    25 July 2012
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