Qiu Miaojin’s Notes of a Crocodile: Eileen Myles and Bonnie Huie - Live

Set in the post-martial-law era of late-1980s Taipei, Qiu Miaojin’s Notes of a Crocodile is a coming-of-age story of queer misfits discovering love, friendship, and artistic affinity while hardly studying at Taiwan’s most prestigious university. Told through the eyes of an anonymous lesbian narrator nicknamed Lazi, this cult classic is a postmodern pastiche of diaries, vignettes, mash notes, aphorisms, exegesis, and satire by an incisive prose stylist and major countercultural figure. “Despite a short life, Qiu Miaojin has left behind a notable legacy in contemporary Chinese literature,” writes Li-hua Ying. “At the heart of Qiu’s work lies the author’s recognition that the nature of passion and love intensifies human existence in both its most beautiful and its most monstrous moments.” Qiu Miaojin is the author of Last Words from Montmartre, published posthumously after her death at twenty-six, and a hugely influential figure in both Taiwanese and international queer and experimental writing scenes. Translator Bonnie Huie appears in conversation with poet, essayist, and novelist Eileen Myles, whose books include Chelsea Girls, Inferno, Cool For You, and most recently, I Must Be Living Twice, a gathering of new and selected poems spanning more than four decades. Eileen Myles is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016 Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. Currently they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa TX and New York. Bonnie Huie is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant. Her rendition of Motojirō Kajii’s story “Under the Cherry Blossoms” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has also translated the work of Tatsuhiro Ōshiro. Her writings and translations appear in The Brooklyn RailKyoto Journal, and Afterimage. Huie lives in New York.

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

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By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
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Published: New York Review of Books - May 2nd, 2017