Beijing Comrades Book
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THE FIRST QUEER NOVEL TO BE PUBLISHED IN MAINLAND, TOTALITARIAN CHINA
A tale of capitalism, love, power and secrecy, BEIJING COMRADES was published anonymously in 90's China due to its controversial content. It is often credited with starting the phenomenon of Chinese LGBTQ Internet fiction.
When Handong, a ruthless and wealthy businessman, is introduced to Lan Yu, a naive, working-class architectural student, the attraction is all-consuming. Arrogant and privileged, Handong is unsettled by this desire, while Lan Yu quietly submits. Despite divergent lives, the two men spend their nights together, establishing a deep connection. When loyalties are tested, Handong is left questioning his secrets, his choices, and his very identity.
BEIJING COMRADES is the story of a torrid love affair set against the socio-political unrest of late-eighties China. Due to its depiction of gay sexuality and its critique of the totalitarian government, it was originally published anonymously on an underground gay website within mainland China.
This riveting and heart-breaking novel, circulated throughout China in 1998, quickly developed a cult following and remains a central work of queer literature from the People's Republic of China. This is the first English-language translation.
|Author||Bei Tong & Scott E. Myers