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"Like my favorite fiction, these stories subtly pierce through ordinary life's pitfalls to reveal something dreamlike and mythological lurking below. Another gem of a translation from a writer who fascinates me."
--Fernando A. Flores, author of Valleyesque and Tears of the Trufflepig
"Bored country kids, hutong hucksters, and gig economy slackers mingle with forgers, thugs, and former jailbirds to populate Xu Zechen's lyrical writing. Realism and surrealism, tragedy and farce play out in the anonymous backstreets of Beijing's seemingly endless urban sprawl. This is some of the most exciting and energized writing coming out of China now."
--Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking
"The unforgettable characters in Beijing Sprawl have come to the city to try their luck against the odds. They drink beer; munch on donkey burgers; get in brawls; and dream of forming boy bands, finding their doppelgängers, and falling in a love that can outlast dislocation. Jeremy Tiang and Eric Abrahamsen are gifted translators who bring these voices to life. At turns laugh-at-loud funny and utterly heartbreaking, Xu Zechen's stories are a must read."
--May-lee Chai, author of Tomorrow in Shanghai and Useful Phrases for Immigrants, winner of the American Book Award