Best Book of 1947: L'Écume des Jours by Boris Vian | Xiaolu Guo | Granta Magazine

Best book of 1947: L’Écume des Jours by Boris Vian

Xiaolu Guo

‘In those spring nights, I sat by barbecue stalls in the streets of Beijing, reading this novel under dim streetlights while eating lamb skewers.’

Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo is a writer and film-maker. Her novels include A Concise ChineseEnglish Dictionary for Lovers, shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction, UFO in Her Eyes and I Am China, longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her memoir Once Upon a Time in the East is published in 2017. She was one of Granta’s Best of  Young British Novelists in 2013. She lives in Berlin and London.

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