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Little Aunt Crane


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A sweeping novel, starting at the end of World War II and spanning several tumultuous decades of Mao's rule, from one of China's best female novelists

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Geling Yan is an award-winning Chinese novelist and screenwriter. Born in Shanghai in 1959, Geling Yan served with the People's Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution, starting aged 12 as a dancer in an entertainment troupe. She published her first novel in 1985 and has now written over 20 books and has won 30 awards. Her works have been translated into twelve languages, several have been adapted for film, the latest being The Flowers of War which has been filmed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou and stars Christian Bale. She divides her time between Germany and China.


A celebration of resilience, as well as a poignant, clear-sighted portrait of the mysterious and contrary human heart. -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail *
At times lyrical and always deeply moving, Yan's grand tale is one to savour -- Shirley Whiteside * Independent of Sunday *
A classic family saga... The perfect opportunity to encounter a celebrated Chinese writer who deserves to be better known in translation * Stylist *
Intriguing * Mail on Sunday *
Lyrical, moving and, at times, wonderfully amusing. * Nudge *

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