Difficult novels — and that’s a good thing — by Chinese and foreign expat authors.
American essayist and novelist based in China since 1994. Writing philosophy: downmarket, big concept, provocative, discriminating, outrageous. Ballard, Beckett, Borges, Dick, Kafka, Hesse, Melville, Mishima, Sade are influences.
The term “expatriate” is a misnomer and misrepresents the life lived abroad.
A few maps put Paul French’s “true crime” story in perspective.
A brief history of travel in China and the challenges of inhospitality.
Exotic woman unleashes the emotions in those she comes into contact with.
Glimmers of Shanghai’s modernity in a 19th-century courtesan novel.
Things are grim on the ground but the tradition lives on in pictures.