Xu Xu 徐訏 (1908-1980) was one of the most widely read Chinese authors of the twentieth century. His popular urban gothic tales, his exotic spy fiction, and his quasi-existentialist love stories full of nostalgia and melancholy offer today’s readers an unusual glimpse into China’s turbulent twentieth century.
In this China Chat, Prof. Green will discuss Xu Xu's literary career that spanned a period of some thirty years, from the 1930s until the 1960s. He will then read from his translations of some of Xu Xu’s most representative short fictions from prewar Shanghai and postwar Hong Kong and Taiwan. His talk will be followed by a Q&A.