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Qiu Xiaolong

Author of Death of a Red Heroine

33+ Works 4,776 Members 218 Reviews 7 Favorited

About the Author

Qiu Xiaolong teaches Chinese Literature at Washington University.
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Series

Works by Qiu Xiaolong

Death of a Red Heroine (2000) 1,283 copies
A Loyal Character Dancer (2002) 655 copies
When Red Is Black (2004) 632 copies
A Case of Two Cities (2006) 502 copies
Red Mandarin Dress (2007) 483 copies
The Mao Case (2009) 348 copies
Don't Cry, Tai Lake (2012) 210 copies
Enigma of China (2013) 185 copies
Shanghai Redemption (2015) 122 copies
Years of Red Dust (2010) 120 copies
Hold Your Breath, China (2019) 42 copies
Becoming Inspector Chen (2016) 41 copies
The Shadow of the Empire (2022) 22 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Qiu Xiaolong
Legal name
裘小龙
Other names
裘小龙
Birthdate
1953
Gender
male
Nationality
China
Birthplace
Shanghai, China
Places of residence
Shanghai, China
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Education
Washington University (PhD - Comparative Literature)
Occupations
novelist
poet
translator
literary critic
Awards and honors
Edgar Award nomination (best first novel)
Short biography
Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai. The Cultural Revolution began in his last year of elementary school, and out of school, out of work, he studied English by himself in a local park. In 1977, he began his studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai, and then the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing. In 1988, he came to Washington University in St. Louis as a Ford Foundation fellow to do a project on Eliot, but after the Tiananmen tragedy of 1989, he decided to stay on. He lives there still with his wife and daughter.

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Reviews

I enjoyed hearing the author read some of these poems at an event I attended. I may have to read the Inspector Chen mysteries for greater context, but helpfully, many of the poems here have a short explanation after the poem describing the circumstance that inspired Inspector Chen to write them.
 
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TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
Better than the first book in the series. Inspector/Poet Chen searches for a woman who has disappeared. Via the mystery, the author explores China's dive into capitalism and its attendant issues such as inequality, human trafficking, gangs, political corruption and the treatment of women. Really enjoyed the poetic interludes and the descriptions of the Shanghai geography and food. If you like Donna Leon's Brunetti series, you'll probably appreciate this one.
 
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jnsp13 | 27 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |
Bit heavy on the poetry, but it added to a fairly standard plot & characters with a nice Chinese flavor
 
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cspiwak | 12 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
A much more wobbly and erratic plot, but one with likely parallels to the author's life.
 
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mattbonner | 22 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |

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Dan Li Narrator
Daniel York Narrator
Sarah Lam Narrator
Jamie Zubairi Narrator
Susanne Hornfeck Translator
Gina Triplett Cover artist
Matt Curtius Cover artist
Thor Poppe Overs.
Vittorio Curtoni Translator
Katariina Kaila Translator

Statistics

Works
33
Also by
1
Members
4,776
Popularity
#5,261
Rating
½ 3.6
Reviews
218
ISBNs
287
Languages
13
Favorited
7

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