Saturday, February 14, 2009

Yiyun Li, "The Vagrants" and China's Cultural Revolution

This sunday i have a piece in the LAT on author Yiyun Li, a native of China now living in Oakland -- and her new novel, "The Vagrants," which is quite beautifully observed as well as brutal in the tale it tells. some of you may know her from her exquisite short stories, which have a bit of william trevor to them.

interested to read a bit of the book? this will take you to an excerpt published on

the profile is the latest of what i'm calling my "writers in peril" series. (this was especially true when she was in peril with US immigration.)

the week i spoke to her, it seemed like every cultural figure i was dealing with was chinese.

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