In this dreamy yet powerful novel set in ’30s Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a Chinese schoolgirl escapes both her adolescent romantic tribulations and violent political upheavals by playing go, the ancient Asian board game, in a public square. She excels at the meditative game, and is drawn into a long-running match with an anonymous young Japanese soldier. Their peaceful, almost wordless interactions appear in stark contrast to the noisy, increasingly bloody battles. Despite some lyrical excesses and a slow start, this unlikely love story (gracefully translated from French by Adriana Hunter) is beautiful, shocking, and sad.
The Girl Who Played Go In this dreamy yet powerful novel set in '30s Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a Chinese schoolgirl escapes both her adolescent romantic tribulations and...The Girl Who Played GoFictionShan Sa In this dreamy yet powerful novel set in '30s Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a Chinese schoolgirl escapes both her adolescent romantic tribulations and...2003-10-17
Genre: Fiction; Author: Shan Sa
Posted October 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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