Chinese Titel: 我的妈妈是精灵
Publisher: Better Link Press, Shanghai Press and Publishing Development Company (上海新闻出版发展公司)
Languages: bilingual Chinese-English
Year of Publication: 2007
Number of Pages: 201 pages
Format: 20,2 x 12,6 cm
Weight: 200 Gramm
Acquisition of proficiency in a foreign language calls for diligent practices in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Learning Chinese is no exception. To a student of Chinese, extensive reading exercises are as important as constant exposure to spoken Mandarin.
Cultural China: Chinese-English Readers series is an open-ended series of collections of writings in Chinese, mostly essays, short stories or novels by contemporary Chinese writers. Our purpose in putting together this bilingual series is to help you enjoy contemporary Chinese literature and other writings in their authentic, unadulterated flavour and to understand the Chinese society, culture, history, and the contemporary life of the Chinese people as you learn language and hone your reading skills. A bilingual text will assist you in better savoring these works and in checking your understanding of the Chinese original against the English translation.
About the book
Chen Miaomiao, a Shanghai teenager girl, is dumfounded when one night she finds out that her loving mother is not a human, but a „blue people“ who hails from another world. Adding insult to injury, the girl suddenly faces breakup of her family as her father begins to press for a divorce with her mother. With help from her best friend, a girl of a single parent, Chen tries all means to save the family from disintegration. However, despite the girl’s desperate endeavour and her mother’s reluctance to part with the human world, time comes when the mother has to go back to her home world, leaving behind a memory of a childhood with a fairy mother for the young heroine.
Chen Danyan, who authored this novel My Mother is a Fairy, was born in 1958 in Beijing and has been living and working in Shanghai since 1980s. She studied Chinese literature at East China Normal University and became editor of Children’s Epoch after graduation. She began to write novels and prose at an early age and many of them are prize-winners, among which are The Chinese Girl (prose), When Someone Suffers Misfortune (novel), The Locked Drawer (short story), The Death of a Middle School Girl (novel) and A Girl (novel). These works mark a new genre in China with young girls and women as a central theme.
Order No.: 48.0310