Shanghai Blue

By Tao Yue

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When Lan, an adopted orphan, comes home to Shanghai after ten years in Europe, to try and locate her biological parents, everyone who could help is evasive—her identity is a mystery. Her only clue is cricket fighting—a millennium-old Chinese pastime turned gambling racket where the nouveaux riches meet the underworld by night. The deeper she digs into her own mystery, the more obscure and sinister it becomes. The truth takes her by surprise: the past is unspeakably worse than she…
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Language

Chinese

Format

Paperback

Genre

Literary novel

ISBN

9789462380011

Translator(s)

Tao Yue

Pages

256

Original Title

Red Cricket

Year of publication

2015

Reviews

'In Yue's witty, suspenseful novel, I see the struggle for existence and feel the anguish of painful memories.' —Xinran, author of The Good Women of China and columnist for The Guardian

About the author

Tao Yue

Born in Shanghai in 1976, Yue Tao has lived in Amsterdam since 2000. She is a business case writer, intercultural trainer, and freelance essayist. Shanghai Blue is her debut novel. She is now working on a sequel to Shanghai Blue, set in the Netherlands. Photo: © Liesbeth Kuipers