The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang by Perhat Tursun

The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang

Perhat Tursun with Darren Byler (Translator)

208 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

fiction contemporary literary challenging reflective medium-paced


The Backstreets is an astonishing novel by a preeminent contemporary Uyghur author who was disappeared by the Chinese state. It follows an unnamed Uyghur man who comes to the impenetrable Chinese capital of Xinjiang after finding a temporary job i...

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Community Reviews Summary of 15 reviews


dark 100%
sad 80%
emotional 60%
mysterious 60%
tense 40%


slow 83%
medium 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 80% | Yes: 20%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 80% | Yes: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

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