Lu Nei was born in 1973. He has been a worker, a salesman, a warehouse manager, a radio broadcaster and a creative director for an advertising agency. His first novel, Young Babylon, was published in 2007.
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Young Babylon, Lu Nei’s first book, was published in 2007. It has been described by book reviewers as a Chinese Catcher in the Rye. It’s a wry, slightly detached story narrated by the teenage Lu Xiaolu, who aims to work his way up from factory worker to cadre, just so he can spend all day in an office drinking tea and reading the paper. The book is an off-beat view into the lives and aspirations (or lack thereof) of this 1970s generation.
- Young Babylon is featured in our summer 2012 Chinese reading group. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to read along or hear about upcoming meetings
- If you’ve read the book or the translated extracts that we shared in the group, let us know what you think by commenting below.