Years of Red Dust

Stories of Shanghai

Qiu Xiaolong

St. Martin's Griffin

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Published originally in the pages of Le Monde, this collection of linked short stories by Qiu Xiaolong has already been a major bestseller in France (Cite de la Poussiere Rouge) and Germany (Das Tor zur Roten Gasse), where it and the author was the subject of a major television documentary. The stories in Years of Red Dust trace the changes in modern China over fifty years—from the early days of the Communist revolution in 1949 to the modernization movement of the late nineties—all from the perspective of one small street in Shanghai, Red Dust Lane. From the early optimism at the end of the Chinese Civil War, through the brutality and upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, to the death of Mao, the pro-democracy movement and the riots in Tiananmen Square—history, on both an epic and personal scale, unfolds through the bulletins posted and the lives lived in this one lane, this one corner of Shanghai.

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Welcome to Red Dust Lane
(1949)
Now, as your would-be landlord—to be exact, your second landlord, nifangdong—I’ve lived in this lane for twenty years by the end of 1949. For a new college student not yet familiar with Shanghai, looking for a place characteristic of the city, a place that is convenient, that is decent, and yet inexpensive, Red Dust is the best choice for you. For the real Shanghai life, I mean.
Red Dust Lane—what a fantastic name! According to a feng shui master, there is a lot of profound learning in the choice of a name.

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"Wonderfully accessible...His best book yet." --Time Magazine
 
"Witty, evocative...[Xiaolong has] a sharp eye and portrays the ordinary man adrift." --The Washington Post

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Qiu Xiaolong

QIU XIAOLONG is a poet, professor and author of five previous novels featuring Inspector Chen. Born and raised in Shanghai, where he was a renowned poet and translator, Qiu lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Years of Red Dust
Stories of Shanghai
Qiu Xiaolong

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312609252
ISBN10: 0312609256
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$15.99

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St. Martin's Press
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429942614
ISBN10: 1429942614
240 pages
$9.99
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