Linda Jaivin

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Linda Jaivin (born 27 March 1955)[1] is an American-born Australian translator, essayist, novelist and sinologist.

Early life[edit]

Linda Jaivin was born in New London, Connecticut to a Jewish family of Russian heritage.[1][2] Her interest in China led her to undertake Chinese studies at Brown University in Rhode Island.[3] She moved to Taiwan in 1977 to deepen her knowledge of Chinese culture and language.[4] Moving to Hong Kong in 1979, her first job there was editing textbooks for Oxford University Press. She worked for Asiaweek magazine, where she met the Australian scholar Geremie Barmé, whom she later married. They returned to Canberra, Australia in 1986.[3] They divorced in 1994.[5] She now lives in Sydney.


Jaivin has written a memoir of her experiences as a translator in China, The Monkey and the Dragon, as well as a number of novels. She co-edited an anthology on dissident writers in China, New Ghosts, Old Dreams:Chinese Rebel Voices with Geremie Barmé, in 1992. Jaivin has contributed to a number of magazines including the Australian magazine of politics and culture, The Monthly. She wrote for the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World in November 2013. She has subtitled many Chinese films, including Farewell my Concubine and The Grandmaster.[6] Jaivin has been a guest on the ABC radio program The Book Show[7] and a panelist on Q&A and other programs.[8][9]



  • Jaivin, Linda (1995). Eat me.
  • Rock 'n' Roll Babes from Outer Space (1996)
  • Miles Walker, You're Dead (1999)
  • Dead Sexy (2000)
  • The Infernal Optimist (2006)
  • A Most Immoral Woman (2009)[10]
  • The Empress Lover (2014)


  • New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices (1992)
  • Confessions of an S & M Virgin (1997)
  • The Monkey and the Dragon (2001)
  • Found In Translation: In Praise of a Plural World (2013)
  • Beijing (2014)
  • Jaivin, Linda (August 2014). "The rising tide of narcissism". Arts & Letters. Books. The Monthly. 103: 50–51. Reviews Anne Manne's The life of I.

Discography (as sub-titler)[edit]


Her grandfathers were Jewish refugees from Tsarist Russia, who emigrated to Argentina and the United States.[11]


  1. ^ a b The Bibliography of Australian Literature: F–J. Retrieved 19 December 2013. Note: The author has advised of a typographical error: "27 May" should read "27 March". This agrees with a statement made on her own website: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Bio, author's web site
  3. ^ a b Linda Morris, Interview with Linda Jaivin, The Age, 12 Apr 2014, Spectrum, p. 30
  4. ^ Nikki Barrowclough, "Made in China", Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 2001, Good Weelend, p. 35
  5. ^ Georgina Safe, "Adventures of a literary voyeur", Weekend Australian, 18–19 September 1999, Review, p. 10
  6. ^ "Tanks! Tanks! (You're most welcome) - Film - Entertainment -". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  7. ^ The Book Show, ABC Radio National
  8. ^ China: Jianying Zha, Linda Jaivin and Paul French (television interview)
  9. ^ Party Time: Living and Working in China (television interview)
  10. ^ "A Most Immoral Woman" (radio interview)
  11. ^ Linda Jaivin, "Inspiration from behind the wire", The Age, 6 May 2006, p. 14

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