Market Street

A Chinese Woman in Harbin

Hong Xiao
Translated by Howard Goldblatt

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  • Published: January 2015
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies / China; Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
  • Bibliographic information: 160 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
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Xiao Hong (1911-1942) is best known for her two short novels, Field of Life and Death and Tales of Hulan River. Howard Goldblatt has translated numerous works of contemporary Chinese fiction, most notably the novels of Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan.

"Market Street, first published in China in 1936, was written by the young woman writer Xiao Hong, who is best known for her two short novels, Field of Life and Death and Tales of Hulan River. In Market Street, the twenty-year-old author recounts in fictional autobiographical form two years of her short life when she lived in Harbin between 1932 and 1934. . . . Goldblatt has furnished a translation up to his usual high standard."
-Pacific Affairs

"Intensely personal, lyrical, evocative, these poignant sketches detail with urgent beauty two years in the life of a young writer who confronts, first, the misery of hunger and cold, and later, the fear of seizure by the occupation police. The book is powerful in its confinement, vivid in its simplicity. . . . Howard Goldblatt has preserved in graceful, supple, often poetic English the acuity of insight and the nuances of tone."
-Los Angeles Times

"Market Street, this hole in the wall in a Manchurian city, is a state of mind. . . . Even in translation [Xiao Hong's] voice is that of a true original."
-Far Eastern Economic Review

"First published in 1936, "This simple little book has the irresistible appeal of all narratives of survival, and it is also an interesting account of the times, which included the Japanese occupation of China in 1931. Later Xiao Hong became an anti-Japanese writer of considerable celebrity . . . [until] her death at age thirty."

"A classic of contemporary Chinese literature."
-Kirkus Reviews

"The dialogue is absolutely convincing and the author's ability to present daily adventure profound. In its specificity, Market Street offers an ultimately universal lesson about freedom and oppression."
-Boston Globe