Book List in Order: 10 titles

  • “China's Virginia Woolf.” —The Wall Street Journal Now in English for the first time, stories about love, sex, and migration by one of the greatest Chinese authors of the 20th century. This new collection of work by the great Eileen...


  • A best-selling, autobiographical depiction of class privilege, bad romance, and political intrigue during World War II in China.Now available in English for the first time, Eileen Chang’s dark romance opens with Julie, living at a convent school in...


  • Slavoj Žižek looks awry at classical Chinese thought, “Is, then, Heaven not the Chinese name for the big Other? Is not, in this sense, the Communist Party rule legitimized by the Mandate of Heaven...” Our gaze shifts to see a surprisingly conte...


  • Shanghai, 1930s. Shen Shijun, a young engineer, has fallen in love with his colleague, the beautiful Gu Manzhen. He is determined to resist his family’s efforts to match him with his wealthy cousin so that he can marry her. But dark circumstances -...


  • An NYRB Classics OriginalSet in the early years of Mao’s China, Naked Earth is the story of two earnest young people confronting the grim realities of revolutionary change. Liu Ch’üan and Su Nan meet in the countryside after volunteering to assi...


  • Now a major motion picture from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain): an intensely passionate story of love and espionage, set in Shanghai during World War II. In the midst of the Japanese occupation ...


  • Masterful short works about passion, family, and human relationships by one of the greatest writers of 20th century China. A New York Review Books Original “[A] giant of modern Chinese literature” –The New York Times "With language as sharp ...


  • Known as "the Garbo of Chinese letters" for her elegance and the aura of mystery that surrounded her, Eileen Chang is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential modern Chinese novelists and cultural critics of the twentieth century. In Writ...


  • The Rouge of the North is the story of Yindi, a beautiful young bride who marries the blind, bedridden son of a rich and noble family. Captive to household ritual, to the strategies and contempt of her sisters-in-law, and to the exacting dictates of ...






  • The first of Eileen Chang's novels to be written in English, The Rice-Sprout Song portrays the horror and absurdity that the land-reform movement brings to a southern village in China during the early 1950s. Contrary to the hopes of the peasants in t...