Braised Pork is a stunning and surreal debut from An Yu. When Jia Jia’s husband dies, her only clue to the cause of his death is a peculiar drawing of a fish. Jia Jia travels from Beijing deep into the Tibetan mountains to explore both her past and future, and to solve the enigma of the mysterious fish. She is the kind of character you fall in love with and desire to accompany through her emotional journey. Abstract and comforting.
- Liadh Blake, Dubray Stillorgan
One autumn morning after breakfast, Jia Jia's life changes for ever...'So elegant and poised, so tuned to the great mysteries of love and loss. Braised Pork is a major debut' -- John FreemanOne morning in autumn, just after breakfast, Jia Jia finds her husband dead in the bathtub of their Beijing apartment. Next to him is a piece of folded paper, a sketch of a strange creature from his dream. He has left her no other sign.Young, alone, and with many unanswered questions, Jia Jia sets out to discover what this this mysterious clue might mean. From the high-rises to the hidden bars of contemporary Beijing, she crosses paths with people who call the city home, including someone who may be able to offer her the love she had long thought impossible. Her journey takes her to the high plains of Tibet, and even to a shadowy, watery otherworld, a place she both yearns for and fears. Cinematic, dreamlike and very beautiful, Braised Pork is an exploration of myth-making, loss, and a world beyond words, and of a young woman's search deep into her past in order to arrive at her future.
10 Main Street,
Sign Up to Our Newsletter