Our Hearts Are So Stubborn
by YE Zhaoyan
Our Hearts Are So Stubborn is a novel about a generation of educated youths. Their lives have been realistically reconstructed through the imagination and writing of Zhaoyan Ye. Previous books about this generation of educated youths have been closely related to the “grand narrative” that is studied in schools today as history. From birth, this generation was tasked with assuming the burden of history and making that “grand narrative” a reality. Of course in reality, that narrative was more often than not a fabrication, even if it did have a small correlation with these youths’ lives. In this book, Zhaoyan Ye explains the real history of this generation. The main characters of the novel are Xuemin Cai, the fourth son in his family, later called the “fourth elder”, and his current lover—soon to be wife—Liyan Xue. They are attracted to each other from the beginning of the story, and eventually their lives are bound tightly together by their romantic affair. Their physical relationship has very little to do with the undying love and honesty that drives the plots of traditional love stories, and more to do with the unrestrained hopes and dreams that people have, as well as the wanton indulgence of one’s desires. Even though the story takes place during an era when the education of the youth was strongly emphasized and little self-indulgence was tolerated, the blossoming of these two young students’ love cannot be restrained.
English translation manuscript available.
Rights sold: US, Korean, Turkish.
Zhaoyan Ye was born in 1957, and was graduated from high school in 1974, after which he worked as a factory technician worker for four years. He was accepted into the Chinese department at Nanjing University in 1978, where he earned his master’s degree after being graduated in 1986. He has been employed as a professor at Nanjing Vocational University, an editor at Jiangsu Literature and Art Press, a professional writer as well as vice chairman for the Jiangsu Writers’ Convention, and judge for the New Concept Writing Contest. He is also the author of Nanjing 1937: A Love Story (Anchor), The Zhuiyue Building, Other People’s Love (New Classics), A Flower’s Shadow (New Classics), and The Greenhouse with No Glass (New Classics).
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- Publisher Yilin Press
- Publication Date March 2010
- ISBN/Identifier 9787532137909
- Publish StatusPublished
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