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Dunhuang Dream

A Novel

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Searching, Escaping, and Longing for True Love.

Set in Dunhuang, China, a city on the ancient Silk Road and home to thousands of painted cave murals, Dunhuang Dream magically blends the stories of three protagonists: Xiao Xingxing, a talented young female artist; Zhang Shu, a laboratory technician from a Beijing research institute who recently quit his job; and Xiang Wuye, a medical student. These three seek refuge in Dunhuang from their troubled lives, but soon find themselves in a strange entanglement of love. During their visit to the world-renowned Mogao Caves, they are attracted by the marvelous murals but are unaware that they will soon become involved in scandal.

Xu Xiaobin, born in 1953 into an intellectual family in Beijing, is a member of the China’s Writers Association. She spent nine years in the countryside and at a factory during the Cultural Revolution until 1978 when she entered the Chinese University of Central Finance just after universities had reopened and entrance examinations were held nation wide. She began publishing her writings in 1981. Currently she works as a staff screenplay writer at China’s Television Production Center. She has published numerous fictions, novellas and collections of prose.

"Xu’s narrative is pleasant, clever, and full of wisdom....This is a profound and joyful, beautiful and mysterious female fairytale." -- Chen Xiaoming, literary critic and professor of Chinese literature at Peking University

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