Reading by Can Xue

Thursday, October 06, 2016
Time: 5:30p–7:00p
Location: 4-237

Recognized as one of the most experimental writers in the world, Can Xue (which translates as the dirty snow that refuses to melt) is the pseudonym of Deng Xiaohua, a former tailor who began to write fiction in the early 1980s. Born in 1953 in Changsha City, Hunan Province, Can Xue is the author of many novels, volumes of literary criticism, and short works of fiction. Seven of her works have been published in English, including her novel The Last Lover (Yale University Press, 2014), the winner of the prestigious 2015 Best Translated Book Award for Fiction. This reading celebrates over 30 years of experimental fiction by this extraordinary writer.

Also joining to celebrate Can Xue:

  • Porochista Khakpour, novelist, author of The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury USA, 2014), Writer in Residence at Bard College
  • John Donatich, novelist, author of The Variations (Henry Holt, 2012), Director, Yale University Press

Reception and refreshments to follow the reading.

This event is co-sponsored by Global Studies and Languages, Women’s and Gender Studies, Pen New England, MIT Libraries, and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Funding in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT with generous support from GSL, and The Office of the Associate Provost,

MIT website on Can Xue:

Open to: the general public

For more information, contact:Min-Min Liang –