Linda Jaivin

Linda Jaivin is an author and translator of Chinese. Her books include Eat Me, The Infernal Optimist and A Most Immoral Woman. Her most recent works are the novel The Empress Lover and the Quarterly Essay ‘Found in Translation’.

Articles by this author

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly, Penguin, 576pp; $49.95
‘How to Make Gravy’ by Paul Kelly
From little things, big things grow: asked to perform four nights in a row at The Famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne in 2004, singer–songwriter Paul Kelly came up with a novel idea....
 
'Ilustrado' by Miguel Syjuco, Random House, 306pp; $32.95
‘Ilustrado’ by Miguel Syjuco
The body of Crispin Salvador, a somewhat passé Filipino writer living in America, is discovered floating down the Hudson River. His student and biographer, Miguel, searches among...
 
‘The Family Law’ by Benjamin Law
Tolstoy was wrong: not all happy families are alike. As portrayed in this very funny collection of personal essays by Benjamin Law, the family Law has found a truly original and...
 
‘Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism’ by Natasha Walter
Swaddled in princess pink, tottering towards adolescence on their training heels, many young girls today are growing up in the plastic, not so fantastic monoculture of what...
 
‘The Pregnant Widow’ by Martin Amis
“It sometimes seemed to Keith that the English novel … asked only one question. Will she fall? Will she fall, this woman?” But in Martin Amis’ new novel, The Pregnant Widow, it is...
 
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Haiku hikers
We've come to the Telegraph Station, four kilometres north of Alice Springs, for a welcome to country by Marie, an Arrernte elder and traditional owner. Marie informs us that she...
 
Levelling with China
“Is there a bin?” I asked, holding my empty plastic lunchbox. “Just throw it anywhere,” suggested Xiao Zhang amiably. It was my first visit to Beijing, some 28 years ago....
 
Recent books about raunch culture
Embracing the inner bunny
Society was awash in filth. Young women chased fantasy and titillation at the expense of their mental and physical health, not to mention proper relationships. And they couldn't...
 
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Detainee DON 94
“I am so frustrated,” says Morteza Poorvadi. Life is pretty good these days for the hardworking 24-year-old Iranian with the idiomatic English and irrepressible sense...
 
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Writer gets leg up
A slip, for once not of the tongue or pen but the foot. Then it was Christmas night in the emergency unit and Boxing Day in the operating theatre. Finally, a bed in a ward, a...
 
Plaques and decay. Can Kings Cross survive a $30 million facelift?
From BoHo to PoHo
“Enjoy Coca-Cola.” The massive red-and-white command flashes from the top of William Street and over the three-way intersection where William meets Darlinghurst Road meets...
 

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