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Beijing Comrades
by Bei Tong and Scott E. Myers and Petrus Lui


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When Handong, a ruthless and wealthy businessman, is introduced to Lan Yu, a naive, working-class architectural student--the attraction is all consuming.

Arrogant and privileged, Handong is unsettled by this desire, while Lan Yu quietly submits.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When Handong, a ruthless and wealthy businessman, is introduced to Lan Yu, a naive, working-class architectural student--the attraction is all consuming.

Arrogant and privileged, Handong is unsettled by this desire, while Lan Yu quietly submits. Despite divergent lives, the two men spend their nights together, establishing a deep connection. When loyalties are tested, Handong is left questioning his secrets, his choices, and his very identity.

Beijing Comrades is the story of a tumultuous love affair set against the sociopolitical unrest of late-eighties China. Due to its depiction of gay sexuality and its critique of the totalitarian government, it was originally published anonymously on an underground gay website within mainland China. This riveting and heartbreaking novel, circulated throughout China in 1998, quickly developed a cult following, and remains a central work of queer literature from the People's Republic of China. This is the first English-language translation of Beijing Comrades.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781558619074
  • ISBN-10: 1558619070
  • Publisher: Feminist Press
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 312
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-01-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Emotionally rich and tender, this story follows a nearly decadelong love affair between two men in Beijing. The book began as a series of online posts (from the U.S.) during the early days of the Internet, and then became something of a cult classic in China, inspiring a 2001 film of the same name. When the story opens in 1988, the year before the Tiananmen Square protest, Handong, a wealthy and corrupt businessman, is selfish, superficial, and wholly unlikable. But from the beginning of his on-again, off-again relationship with Lan Yu, the teenage boy several years his junior with whom he finds himself unexpectedly smitten, Handong’s entire character begins to evolve. Initially frustrated and bewildered by his love for Lan Yu, Handong is eventually fortified by it. In his translator’s note, Myers explains that the novel’s author’s identity has been a “matter of speculation since the story was first published online in 1998.” Even the writer’s gender is unknown, which casts an intriguing light on readers’ assumptions about authorial intent and experience. While the book provides a meaningful excavation of homophobia and daily life in a rapidly changing China, it is ultimately a traditional story of forbidden love in all the most classic, wonderful, and devastating ways. (Mar.)

 
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