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Today: Darren Byler, co-translator, “The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang”
Darren Byler was on Techtonic on January 17, 2022 talking about the Uyghurs in western China and his book “In the Camps: China’s High-Tech Penal Colony.” Byler returns to Techtonic to discuss “The Backstreets,” a novel by Uyghur author Perhat Tursun. Byler translated the novel into English after the author, and Darren’s Uyghur co-translator, were sent to the camps.
• The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang from Columbia University Press – also on Indiebound
• Becoming Vermin: Perhat Tursun as a Franz Kafka Character, by Darren Byler in the Columbia University Press blog (Sep 22, 2022)
• 'The Backstreets’ by Perhat Tursun: A Xinjiang novel before its time by Darren Byler for The China Project (Sep 15, 2022): “‘The Backstreets’ is a masterful work of stream-of-consciousness fiction that has recently become available outside China, the first Uyghur-language novel to be translated into English.”
• Xinjiang Has Produced Its James Joyce: “And he’s now sitting in a prison camp.” Review of The Backstreets in The Atlantic by (past Techtonic guest!) Ed Park (Sep 21, 2022).
• Listen also to: March 28, 2022 (Ethan Gutmann on digital spycraft in human rights work in China), June 7, 2021 (Amelia Pang on her book “Made in China”), November 28, 2022 (Why you shouldn’t trust Apple), April 22, 2019 (Paul Mozur on surveillance in China), and of course January 17, 2022 (Darren Byler on his book “In The Camps”).
• WFMU 2022 Specials Round Up - DJs and hosts pick their favorite show of 2022
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|Darren Byler, co-translator, "The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang."|
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|Mark's comments||0:43:51 (MP3 | Pop-up)|
|Dennis Young||Paradigm Shift||0:56:03 (MP3 | Pop-up)|