Love in a Fallen City A mid-20th-century China caught between tradition and modernity comes to unflinching life in these six novellas. Many of the characters struggle to maintain social standings… Love in a Fallen City A mid-20th-century China caught between tradition and modernity comes to unflinching life in these six novellas. Many of the characters struggle to maintain social standings… 2006-10-10 Fiction New York Review Books
Book Review

Love in a Fallen City (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 10, 2006; Writer: Eileen Chang; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: New York Review Books

A mid-20th-century China caught between tradition and modernity comes to unflinching life in these six novellas. Many of the characters struggle to maintain social standings and appearances: A man falls in love with his friend's wife, but drops her after his mother expresses disapproval. A rich former concubine takes a niece under her wing, only to systematically use her innocence to get back at a lover who spurned her. At turns cold, calculated, artistic, and exquisite, Eileen Chang's stories in Love in a Fallen City, (expertly translated by Karen S. Kingsbury) adeptly balance the messy pulls of family, education, class, and love.

Originally posted Nov 17, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints
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