Cui Zi′en

Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet: Ten Queer Stories

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Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet is the first English-language collection of short stories by Cui Zi’en, China’s most famous and controversial queer filmmaker, writer, scholar, and LGBTQ rights activist.
Drawing on his own experiences growing up in socialist and postsocialist China, Cui presents ten queer coming-of-age stories of young boys and men as they explore their sexuality and desires. From a surreal fairytale depicting a ragtag crew of neighborhood boys in the throes of sexual awakening to a chronicle of the gender-bending and homoerotic entanglements of university students to romantic love triangle erotica to a story that examines teacher-student love and the norms of sex and age, Cui centers queer sexuality as a core part of human experience. Richly imaginative and vividly written, Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet portrays the emergence of queer cultures in postsocialist China while foregrounding the commitments to one’s erotic and passionate attractions even as they lead to cultural transgressions. This volume includes a preface by and an interview with the author.

Author: Cui Zi'en & Editors: Petrus Liu and Lisa Rofel

Paperback  Published February 2024  312 pages

“In Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet Cui Zi’en invites readers into an enchanted world of childhood innocence, family legends, and young love. Through vivid language and skilled storytelling, Cui creates a queer utopia where gender and sexual fluidity are celebrated in ways that challenge the patriarchal, heterosexual, and homosexual norms of our times. This collection showcases Cui as one of the most talented and original queer writers in the world today.” — Hongwei Bao, author of Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance

“Artist, activist, pioneer, and provocateur, Cui Zi’en is known for shaking up the world of Chinese queer cinema and standing at the forefront of the queer rights movement in China. Now, for the first time, a selection of his avant-garde literary works is available in English. This collection reveals Cui Zi’en’s strange literary universe, brimming with the uncanny, the philosophical, and the beautiful.” — Michael Berry, author of Enter the Clowns: The Queer Cinema of Cui Zi’en


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