"Qiu s voice, both colloquial and metaphysical, enchants.... It would be wrong to interpret the book s or, for that matter, the author s ultimate surrender to death as a rejection of the richness of life; rather, like Goethe s young Werther, this 'last testament' (an alternative translation of the title) affirms the power of literature." "Publishers Weekly"
"Last Words from Montmartre" is urgent, ecstatic, unbridled, and breathtakingly intimate. Qiu Miaojin is a writer who truly defies categorization, and this book, her last part confession, part love letter, part fiction, part memoir, part suicide notes is a thrilling testament to her original mind and impassioned heart. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
"Last Words from Montmartre" is deeply, soulfully moving in its excruciating revelation of the author s innermost self, which is after all what makes the magic of literature. I felt a secret intimacy with Qiu Miaojin from the first page. Wang Dan
Qiu Miaojin...had an exceptional talent. Her voice is assertive, intellectual, witty, lyrical, and intimate. Several years after her death, her works continue to command a huge following. Tze-lan Deborah Sang
A flawless translation. Josh Stenberg, "World Literature Today"
What makes Kerouac or Salinger timeless is not necessarily literary, but perhaps didactic: the fact that there is wisdom to be found at the fountain of youth, no matter what time one arrives. Of course, there is also a saintliness reserved for those authors who are able to make an interesting life story for themselves, and that order includes Qiu Miaojin. Bonnie Huie, PEN America blog
Qiu s unique literary style mingl[es] cerebral, experimental language use, psychological realism, biting social critique through allegory, and a surrealist effect deriving from the use of arrestingly unusual metaphors. Fran Martin
"In"Last Words from Montmartre," selves and emotions hurtle through time and space with terrifying force both destructive and productive and ecstasy and pain exist in very close proximity. "FullStop"
"Last Words from Montmartre"[is] intense, brutal and beautiful. A love letter and a suicide note." "The Rumblr"
Few writers use the confession and aphorism as purely and effectively as Qiu, whose poetry offers a distinct type of clarity; "Last Words from Montmartre" achieves a profoundly intimate portrait of an individual whose life unravels before us. Jenn Mar, "Rain Taxi"
"Ari Larissa Heinrich s translation is so skillful because he is able to understand Qiu as an artist, including all her tiny nuances, and her importance as an artistic figure This is a novel of passion: the passion to love, to understand, to know, to express, to connect, to live and to die with reason...As readers, when a writer lays bare for us with such brutal honesty, truth will always be what we see This isn t a book of love letters or a book of suicide notes; its a testament to the power of artistic courage in the face of pain, misery and isolation." Monica Carter, "Three Percent""show more