Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Black Snow

by Liu Heng Translated from Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

“Prose that tautly evokes the grim mood and setting . . . a writer to watch.” –Kirkus Reviews

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 272
  • Publication Date April 01, 1994
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3389-2
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $18.00

About The Book

By the author of Fuxi Fuxi, which was made into the Academy Award-nominee Ju Dou, Black Snow is a stunning psychological portrait of a dissatisfied and emotionally illiterate young man’s desperate search for meaning and companionship in the gray world under totalitarianism. It combines the existential angst of writers such as Camus and Sartre with the disaffection of the American urban novels of the 1980s. Liu Heng’s voice is one of the first of his generation to be heard outside of china, and this novel offers an extraordinary glimpse into the psyche and life-style of the young generation in contemporary Beijing.

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‘resounds with the ring of truth.” –The New York Times

“Liu Heng is one of the new voices in Chinese literature who dare to explore the sights and sounds of Chinese lives previously barred from literary representation.” –Library Journal

“Liu’s art . . . is quite representative of a new generation of writers . . . who accept no subordination in matters of artistic expression.” –San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Prose that tautly evokes the grim mood and setting . . . a writer to watch.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A disturbing, richly alive portrait of a disillusioned young man trying to gain control over a chaotic society.” –Publishers Weekly