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About Linda

I’m an Australian writer, the author of eleven books (seven novels and four books of non-fiction including the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World). My most recent books are The Empress Lover, published in April 2014 and the non-fiction Beijing, about the city and its history, published in 2014 as well. I live in Sydney and am working on several new projects, including a new novel and a screenplay.

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Check out my newly published profile of Chinese rocker Cui Jian here: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/feature/long-march-cui-jian. ‘

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‘I was lucky enough to catch some of Cui’s earliest gigs in the mid-to-late 1980s in Beijing. He would bounce on his heels as though about to launch himself into the sky, kick, stride the stage and slice the air with the neck of his guitar while belting out original songs, which were unlike anything else going. His lyrics evoked alienation, a craving for personal freedom and sexual desire.

Below the stage, his fans jumped, danced, screamed and literally turned cartwheels. China was only 10 years free of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, an ultra-violent, decade-long experiment in cultural, political and social totalitarianism. Cui’s music detonated a kind of convulsive, feral chain reaction in his audience that was like nothing I’d ever seen before (and I’d been to New York’s CBGB) – it was the whistling steam from a pressure cooker.’

 

 

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‘Writing is like driving a car at night. You can see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.’ – E.L. Doctorow

‘Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.’ – Gustave Flaubert

 

 

 

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