Zero and Other Fictions (Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan)

Zero and Other Fictions (Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan)


Huang Fan burst onto Taiwan's literary scene within the Eighties, publishing pointed city graphics and political satires that captured the examining public's realization. After many years of cutting edge paintings, he's now considered one of Asia's such a lot celebrated authors, an important to figuring out the advance of Taiwanese literature during the last fifty years.

The first number of Huang Fan's paintings to seem in English, this anthology comprises Zero, a prize-winning dystopian novella echoing George Orwell's chilling 1984. Set in a postapocalyptic global, 0 positive factors Xi De, a tender guy raised in an elite neighborhood who dangers every little thing to problem his society's charismatic chief and technocratic rule. Huang Fan's novella poignantly illustrates the challenge of an idealistic guy trapped between conflicting claims to fact, uncertain even if to consider himself as heroic or silly in his final number of resistance and sacrifice.

This anthology additionally beneficial properties 3 significantly acclaimed brief tales: "Lai Suo," which proven Huang Fan's popularity as a groundbreaking writer; "The clever Man"; and "How to degree the Width of a Ditch." In "Lai Suo," a naïve person turns into the pawn of strong males rationale on political development. In "How to degree the Width of a Ditch," an unreliable narrator spins an absurdist, metafictional story of his youth in Taipei, and in "The clever Man," Huang Fan weaves an allegorical satire approximately political reunification set opposed to a backdrop of Taiwanese migration to the U.S., with a trenchant examine increasing enterprise pursuits in mainland China and Southeast Asia. All jointly, those awesome works painting the tensions and aspirations of contemporary Taiwan.

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