Butterfly, a novel by Julie Oyang

A haunting love story a la Romeo and Juliet of the Orient. A love that cannot be but a love that will grow old during the most devastating war in history. | Keywords: Crime/Thriller; China; World War II

Butterfly, a novel

A shamelessly original work of art that you can read legally outside China. ■ New Beijing Voice

Set against the backdrop of the Second World War/Sino-Japanese war (1931-1945), the story centres around the fatal love between a married Chinese woman and a young Japanese soldier. However, the fantastic tale is not as simple as its plot suggests. In the forties of the 20th century, one summer day, on the bending shore of the magical, eternal river Yangtze, a woman met a young stranger she falls in love with. But he can’t love her back, and she can’t love him if she would have known why he has come here to find her and what kind of cruel crime the young man has committed…

Butterfly is a modern fairy tale that explores passion beyond all forbidden boundaries and love tested to its limits to defy even death. Taking a stab at sensitive historical, social issues such as the Rape of Nanking, the question arises, what is love? Where is the salvation in all the heartlessness of mankind? Are we able to love, a deed that is so often taken for granted? Perhaps love is neither simple nor always pleasant or even inhuman. In the end the protagonists have to undergo a metamorphosis in order to be reunited again on the bank of the Yangtze river where they met seven decades ago. 

Genre: FICTION / General

Language: English


Word Count: 53,910

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Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Cora Bastiaansen
Already translated. Translated by Anis Meg.
Already translated. Translated by Ute Hütten
Translation in progress. Translated by KUMAR HITANSHU
Already translated. Translated by Sonia Lo Conte and Chiara B.
Translation in progress. Translated by Fábio Fonseca de Melo
Translation in progress. Translated by Blanca Escudero

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