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  • Published: 21 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787301870
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $29.99
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Braised Pork




Contemporary Beijing comes alive in the hands of a young literary star

One autumn morning after breakfast, Jia Jia's life changes for ever...
‘So elegant and poised, so tuned to the great mysteries of love and loss. Braised Pork is a major debut’ -- John Freeman
One morning in autumn, just after breakfast, Jia Jia finds her husband dead in the bathtub of their Beijing apartment. Next to him is a piece of folded paper, a sketch of a strange creature from his dream. He has left her no other sign.

Young, alone, and with many unanswered questions, Jia Jia sets out to discover what this this mysterious clue might mean. From the high-rises to the hidden bars of contemporary Beijing, she crosses paths with people who call the city home, including someone who may be able to offer her the love she had long thought impossible. Her journey takes her to the high plains of Tibet, and even to a shadowy, watery otherworld, a place she both yearns for and fears.

Cinematic, dreamlike and very beautiful, Braised Pork is an exploration of myth-making, loss, and a world beyond words, and of a young woman's search deep into her past in order to arrive at her future.

  • Pub date: 21 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787301870
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for Braised Pork

“So elegant and poised, so tuned to the great mysteries of love and loss. Like a breeze on a still day, An Yu’s is a voice I didn't know I needed until I felt it. Braised Pork is a major debut”

John Freeman

“Braised Pork is mesmerising, incisive and utterly disarming. An Yu writes beautifully about loneliness, the experience of isolation — from others, from one’s own past — and the possibility of human connection, however fragile.”

Rosie Price

“Bold yet understated, Braised Pork is the debut of a supremely confident and gifted writer.”

Katie Kitamura

“What a singular, slippery, transfixing novel this is. An Yu achieves a hypnotizing emotional clarity as she takes her narrator ever further from a stifling life in Beijing into a watery realm unlike any I've read before.”

Idra Novey


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