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Xi Xi

Xi Xi (1937–2022) was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong in 1950. Over the course of her career, she wrote several books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as numerous screenplays and newspaper and magazine columns. In 2019, she became the first writer from Hong Kong to win Newman Prize for Chinese Literature, and her literary career was the subject of the 2015 documentary film My City. Upon its initial publication in Taiwan in 1992, Mourning a Breast was named by the China Times as one of the best ten books of the year.


Mourning a Breast

Xi Xi

368 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published July 2024
ISBN 9781923106109

In 1989, the Hong Kong cult classic writer Xi Xi was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mourning a Breast, published two and a half years later, is a disarmingly honest and deeply personal account of the author’s experience of a mastectomy and of her subsequent recovery. Heralded as the first Chinese-language book to cast off the stigma of writing about illness and to expose the myths associated with breast cancer, it is now published in a new English language edition with translation by Jennifer Feeley.