Radical

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The world can seem strange and lonely when you step away from your family and everything you have tried to call your own. Yet beauty may also appear. In the autumn of 2019 Xiaolu travelled to New York to take up her position as a visiting professor for a year, leaving her child and partner behind in London. The encounter with American culture and people threatens her sense of identity and throws her into a crisis – of meaning, desire, obligation and selfhood. This is a memoir about separation – by continents, by language, and from people.

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The world can seem strange and lonely when you step away from your family and everything you have tried to call your own. Yet beauty may also appear. In the autumn of 2019 Xiaolu travelled to New York to take up her position as a visiting professor for a year, leaving her child and partner behind in London. The encounter with American culture and people threatens her sense of identity and throws her into a crisis – of meaning, desire, obligation and selfhood.

This is a memoir about separation – by continents, by language, and from people. It’s about being an outsider and the desperate longing to connect. Xiaolu uses her exploration of language (one of the meanings of the word ‘radical’ is the graphic component, or root, of Chinese characters), and her own life, to create this unique text. At once a memoir, a dictionary, and an ardent love letter, it is an expression of her fascination with Western culture and her nostalgia for Eastern landscapes, and an attempt to describe the space in between. An archive of an artist’s search for creative freedom, it is above all else an intimate account of her efforts to carve out a life of her own.

Additional information

Weight0.352 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 13.6 × 2.7 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

320

Language

English

Edition

Export ed

Dewey

828.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K