28 July 2008

AUTHOR TALK - Ouyang Yu (Readings, Carlton)

Ouyang Yu talks about his new book at Readings Bookshop, Carlton

13 August 2008

Supported by Asialink, University of Melbourne.

Culturally diverse, On the Smell of an Oily Rag: speaking English, thinking Chinese and living Australian (Wakefield Press, 2008) draws examples from low and high culture and from the everyday and the literary life.

Ouyang Yu shows that they are closer together than we usually think. Based on the unique biji xiaoshuo (pen-notes fiction) genre and written in an accessible, readable and deliberately un-academic style, On the Smell of an Oily Rag is a seminal non-fiction book that creates its own genre of what Ouyang Yu calls, biji feixiaoshuo (pen-notes non-fiction), in its exploration of cultural, linguistic and literary similarities, differences and parallels between the English and the Chinese language in a distinctly Australian context. Ouyang edits Australia’s only Chinese literary journal, Otherland, and writes and teaches part-time in China and Australia.

Wednesday 13 August, 6.30pm
Readings, Carlton

Free, but please book on 03 9347 6633.