Named one of the Top Ten Novels of the Year in China, this award-winning novel is about three tourists who fall into a strange entanglement of love.
Set against the magical backdrop of Dunhuang, China, home to thousands of painted cave murals, Dunhuang Dreams 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 individuals seek refuge in Dunhuang from their troubled lives, but soon find themselves in a love triangle and involved in a scandalous theft.
Original and dynamic, Dunhuang Dreams harmoniously combines a contemporary story with ancient and modern Buddhist themes. It is a tale of searching, escaping from the past, and longing for true love.
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 PekingUniversity