ISBN 9780701181550,20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth


Xiaolu Guo


Chatto & Windus



Chatto & Windus

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9780701181550

ISBN-10 0701181559

Hard Back

Number of Pages 208 Pages
Language (English)

General & literary fiction

'So I was the 6787th person in Beijing wanting to act in the film and TV industry. There were 6786 young and beautiful, or ugly and old people before me trying to get a role. I felt the competition, but compared with 1.6 billion people in China, 6786 was only the population of my village. I felt an urge to conquer this new village.'

Life as a film extra in Beijing might seem hard, but Fenfang - the spirited heroine of Xiaolu Guo's new novel - won't be defeated. She has travelled 1800 miles to seek her fortune in the city, and has no desire to return to the never-ending sweet potato fields back home. Determined to live a modern life, Fenfang works as a cleaner in the Young Pioneer's movie theatre, falls in love with unsuitable men and keeps her kitchen cupboard stocked with UFO instant noodles. As Fenfang might say, Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, isn't it about time I got my lucky break?