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  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448125807
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 28

Dance of Heartbreak/The Diary for August (Storycuts)


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Two short stories: a boy and girl who was like 'a little child of glass'; and a young boy, dripping wet from the swimming pool, has caused a disaster.

In 'Dance of Heartbreak', something happened to a young boy in Grade 4, at Red Flag Elementary School; but even today the whole affair remains fresh in his mind. He'd never met another girl like her; she was a little child of glass, beautiful in her sorrow when she ran to centre stage. For him, she was an archetype.

In 'The Diary for August', the inspector looked at the suspect who had been brought in for the incident at the city wall. He was fourteen or fifteen, dripping wet from the swimming pool where they had found him, and both his legs were trembling. It looked like he knew he had caused a disaster.

Part of the Storycuts series, these two short stories were previously published in the collection Madwoman on the Bridge.

  • Pub date: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448125807
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 28

About the Author

Su Tong

Born in 1963 in Suzhou and now living in Beijing, Su Tong is one of China's most iconic bestselling authors, shooting to international fame in 1993 when Zhang Yimou's film of his novella collection Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for an Oscar. His first short story collection, Madwoman on the Bridge was published by Black Swan in 2008. The Boat to Redemption is his latest novel to become an instant phenomenon in China.

Translator Howard Goldblatt is Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is the recipient of two translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been awarded the Translation of the Year Prize from the American Literary Translators Association and the Man Asian Literary Prize.

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