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En röd hjältinnas död by Xiaolong Qiu

En röd hjältinnas död (original 2000; edition 2004)

by Xiaolong Qiu

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Title:En röd hjältinnas död
Authors:Xiaolong Qiu
Info:Stockholm: Ordfront, 2004 453, [1] s. ; 18 cm [Ny utg.]
Collections:Your library, Allt annat
Tags:fiction, china, mystery, shanghai

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Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaolong Qiu (2000)

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    cbl_tn: These books have a similar setting and time period and will probably appeal to the same readers.
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    Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Klassiker der chinesischen Literatur. Wird gerne in den Romanen von Qiu Xiaolong zitiert. Ist das Lieblingsbuch der Frau des Assistenten von Inspector Chen. Unbedingt lesenswert - beide!

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Synopsis: Two fisherman pull in a plastic garbage bag and discover the body of a young woman. She is a party member in good standing, but she lives a very solitary life. No one seems to know her well and no one has much good - or bad - to say about her. Through a very round about series of connections, Chen finds that she was involved with a married party leader and that this man was also into sexual perversion.
Review: This is a really interesting look at life in China. It presents some reasons for people in that society behaving as they do. It's also a pretty good mystery. ( )
  DrLed | Apr 29, 2017 |
eath of a Red Heroine (Soho Crime) - Qiu Xiaolong

"Who says that the splendor of a grass blade returns
The Love of the spring that forever returns?"

With this ends "Death of a Red Heroine". Here the main protagonist wonders whether a son's return for his mother's love is always inadequate, as well as one's responsability to one's country.

When I tackled this book, I didn’t know what to expect.

Xiaolong’s main protagonist is not an ordinary Chinese policeman. He’s a poet and translator of T. S. Eliot. There is a tendency to quote Chinese classical poetry as a counterpoint and commentary on the action. As usual in Crime Fiction, this is a device, a somewhat contrived one in my view, but crime novel protagonists seem to need an approach, and this one is Chen’s.

You can read the rest of this review on my blog. ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
This is the first book in a long time that's drawn me immediately into a mystery series and every way, where I've enjoyed nearly every moment and had a hard time putting the book down. Xiaolong's balance of atmosphere, character, and plotting was masterful, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I will say that there were moments where the quoting was a bit on the heavy side (and this, coming from a reader who loves poetry), but on the whole, it didn't at all interfere with how much I enjoyed the book since the quotes were generally only snippets of two or three lines. And, for this being the author's first novel, I really can't complain.

All told, there's no question that I'll be reading the next book in the series sooner than later. Whether looked at as a mystery or simply as a good read, there's a lot to love here, and I'd absolutely recommend it. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Nov 20, 2016 |
The world-building is much, much more interesting than the actual mystery. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
A murder mystery in Shanghai. The body of a woman has been found in a little visited canal. The case is investigated by the Shanghai Burea of Police Special case squad, led by leader of the squad, Chief Inspector Chen and his administrative assistant Detective Yu Guangming.

The murder mystery frequently gets lost in the minutia of the explanation of the government of Shanghai in the 1990’s and the ruling communiist party. I forgot that this was a murder mystery but instead read this as a “fictionalized” history of Shanghai and it’s political commitment to China. Interesting. It will also be interesting where the next book in this series takes the reader. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Nov 3, 2016 |
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Deep as the Peach Blossom Lake can be,
it is not so deep as the song you sing for me.
— Li Bai
For Lijun
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The body was found at 4:40 P.M., on May 11, 1990, in Baili Canal, an out-of-the-way canal, about twenty miles to the west of Shanghai.
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In this Anthony Award-winning debut, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police must find the murderer of a National Model worker, and then risk his own life and career to see that justice is done.
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When the body of a prominent Communist Party member is found, Chief Inspector Chen is told to keep the party authorities informed about every lead. When his investigation leads him to the decadent offspring of high-ranking officials, he finds himself instantly removed from the case.… (more)

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