Lu, who was invited to the Reading Chinese Book Review Network Residential Weekend hosted by the White Rose East Asia Center at University of Leeds, said his books tell the stories of his country in a retrospective manner.
“I think one of the reasons why they invited me is that they want to know more about the Chinese authors of the younger generation, to closely follow the heartbeat of China and better understand the country,” he said. “The migrant workers and blue-collar workers in my books are c___21___ of today’s China.”
Born in the 1970s, Lu, some of ___22___ novels are about laid-off workers in Chinese factories, said he is glad to visit Leeds, a historically industrial city known for its ___23___ (转变) to the second largest legal and financial center in Britain. Lu’s novels were discussed and appreciated at the book review event.
Lu’s first and the most famous book Young Babylon, which was ___24___ in 2007 and described by some book reviewers as China’s Catcher in the Rye, recounts the semi-farcical adventures of a young man much like himself, while On the Trail of Her Travels is the story of a group of disaffected youth in a small town, who suddenly decide to take their futures ___25___ their own hands.
“One of the biggest misunderstandings of the Westerners towards China is that they think Chinese authors do not know how to retrospect,” he said. “That’s what I was trying to do in my books.”
Frances Weightman, a core researcher with the White Rose East Asia Center told Xinhua that ___26___ (当代的) Chinese literature will help the Western readers have a d___27___ understanding of China.
“We want to e___28___ and promote more people in the West to read the sorts of Chinese fiction which is ___29___ in China today,” she said. “If we are talking about cross-cultural understanding then I think that is something which is very important.”
“What we wanted to do I think was to ___30___ on something slightly different, to focus on literature which entertained people in literature,” she added.