Review: Anakana Schofield on Xiaolu Guo

In Xiaolu Guo’s 2014 novel I Am China, a Chinese man, upon his arrival in the UK, lands in a psychiatric ward in Lincolnshire and writes to the Queen to request her intervention. This is a strikingly hopeful gesture, sandwiched between optimism and insanity.

Guo’s work often presents us with a recent arrival from China. We are given what these traveller…

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