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Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 After China
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'An architect exiled from China meets an Australian woman writer who is terminally ill. He tells her traditional Chinese stories as a way of overcoming time/mortality, and of coming to terms with his own difficult past.

'For a book which takes loneliness and death for its themes, After China has unexpected reserves of warmth, affection and humour. Insisting on the erotic, it is surprisingly delicate, restrained and chaste. And for a work of such diverse and eclectic reference it is rewardingly resonant and interconnected. The whole novel is thus a brilliant feat of balance.' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

After China Peter Copeman , 1998 single work drama

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1992 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 145p.
      Description: port. Brian Castro (cover).
      Note/s:
      • Published July 1992
      ISBN: 1863732438
      Series: y separately published work icon Allen and Unwin Original Fiction Allen and Unwin (publisher), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 1990 7513778 1990 series - publisher
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Lythrum Press , 2003 .
      Extent: xv, 159p.p.
      Description: port.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Katharine England
      ISBN: 0957996039
Alternative title: Ling Yi Pian Hai Tan
Language: Chinese
Notes:
English translation of the title: The Other Shore
Notes:
Translated from English into Mandarin.

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  • Also braille and sound recording.

Works about this Work

Degrees of Transparency in Brian Castro's Birds of Passage and After China Marjorie Aambrosio , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth Essays and Studies , Autumn vol. 35 no. 1 2012; (p. 73-82)
'This essay intends to highlight how Brian Castro's Birds of Passage (1983) and After China (1992) waver between transparency and opacity. It explores some of the techniques employed - among which a blurring of categories and a questioning of narratorial reliability - in order to create what Roland Barthes calls a "text of bliss" - one which challenges the limits of language as a means of communication.' (Author's abstract)
"Grammars of Creation” : An Interview with Brian Castro : 24 November 2008 Marilyne Brun (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 2 no. 1 2011;
'This interview with contemporary Australian writer Brian Castro addresses a number of themes and concepts that are central to his critical work and fiction. In the interview, Castro discusses his oeuvre as a whole, providing insights into the starting point for his first eight novels. He comments on the concepts of transgression, hybridity, polyphonia, cosmopolitanism and play, underlining the central significance of grammar, ethics and aesthetics in his work. The interview also includes reflections on the development of Asian Australian studies and the importance of translating novels. In the final sections of the interview, Castro discusses the relation between his critical work and his novels and reflects on the common conflation of the novelist and the theorist in much literary criticism.' Source: Marilyne Brun.
Centres of Absence in 'After China' Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 69-93)
Shen fen yu chuang zao li: Jie du Bulaien Kasite de Zhongguo zhi hou Lili Ma , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 97-102)
Diaspora and Identity : A Comparative Study of Brian Castro and Kazuo Ishiguro Yasue Arimitsu , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 133-142)
Breaking Conventions : A Double-Folding Fan Helen Daniel , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 142 1992; (p. 4-6) Australian Book Review , December-January no. 257 2003-2004; (p. 68)

— Review of After China Brian Castro , 1992 single work novel
When Hsiu Means Shu David Gilbey , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 142 1992; (p. 6-7)

— Review of After China Brian Castro , 1992 single work novel
About Books : China Matters Nicholas Jose , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , September vol. 2 no. 12 1992; (p. 8-10)

— Review of Mates of Mars David Foster , 1991 single work novel ; The Hole Through the Centre of the World : A Novel Kevin Brophy , 1991 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro , 1992 single work novel ; La Mort de Napoléon Simon Leys , 1986 single work novel ; The Yellow Lady : Australian Impressions of Asia Alison Broinowski , 1992 single work criticism ; The Ancestor Game Alex Miller , 1992 single work novel
Untitled Joe Grixti , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , August vol. 5 no. 2 1993; (p. 92-94)

— Review of Double-Wolf Brian Castro , 1991 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro , 1992 single work novel
Women in Water Rosemary Sorensen , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 52 no. 4 1993; (p. 778-783)

— Review of Soundings Liam Davison , 1993 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro , 1992 single work novel
Sheng ming Zai zao Yu Wen hua Chong jian : Ling Yi pian Hai tan 'Fan yi Suibi' Fen Liang , 1996 single work criticism essay
— Appears in: Otherland , no. 2 1996; (p. 157-159)
y separately published work icon Brian Castro's 'After China' : A Translation into Mandarin and a Study of the Novel's Linguistic and Social Contexts in Australia and China Fen Liang , Nedlands : 1997 Z1221640 1997 single work thesis
Shen fen yu chuang zao li: Jie du Bulaien Kasite de Zhongguo zhi hou Lili Ma , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 97-102)
Diaspora and Identity : A Comparative Study of Brian Castro and Kazuo Ishiguro Yasue Arimitsu , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 133-142)
Centres of Absence in 'After China' Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 69-93)
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