PRINT December 2015


Beatrice Galilee

Chutzpah! New Voices from China (University of Oklahoma Press) is a collection of short fiction and nonfiction gleaned from the now-discontinued Chinese literary magazine of the same (beautifully incongruous) name. Founded in 2010 by the Beijing-based artist, poet, documentary filmmaker, and curator Ou Ning, Chutpzah! was inspired in part by the output of US literary magazines McSweeney’s, A Public Space, and n+1. This anthology, edited by Ou and translated by Austin Woerner, gives voice to talented yet lesser-known Chinese writers, reflecting the complexity and nuance ever present in Chinese culture but often underrepresented in the discourse around the nation’s supersonic urban development. During the course of the magazine’s production, Ou himself moved with his close family (including his mother, brother, and soon-to-be wife) to Bishan, a remote rural village in China’s Huizhou

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