- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: East Slope Publishing Ltd. (Muse, Hong Kong) (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9881604796
- ISBN-13: 978-9881604798
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,889,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dystopian... disturbing. The collection has been fluently translated by Andrea Lingenfelter who also contributes an informative and useful introduction to the writer and her work. (Asian Review of Books)
About the Author
Critics have called Hon Lai-chu called "the most outstanding young author in Hong Kong." Her clean, absurd and abstract style is often compared to Franz Kafka. Her intensely psychological stories often reflect her characters' inner struggles for freedom, against the futility of attempts to find meaning in everyday existence. She has won numerous awards, including the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature for fiction, Taiwan's Unitas New Writer's Novella first prize, and the Hong Kong Book Prize. Her books have twice been named to the list of Top Ten Chinese Novels Worldwide, in 2008 and 2009. She was a 2010 resident at the University of Iowa International Writing Program.
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Top customer reviews
The prose is stark yet evocative and offers an intriguing insight into modern day Hong Kong and issues such as dehumanisation, racism, and the harsh realities of trying to get on in an aggressively progressive society that renders many invisible.
Hon Lai-chu successfully draws the reader into a visceral yet bewildering world of ennui, yearning, loneliness and imagination.
Kudos must go to Andrea Lingenfelter for a fluid translation that feels like the authentic voice of the author. In sum I would certainly recommend this collection of short stories to readers looking for something a little different!
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in order to review.
Sadly, I didn't make it too far into each story. Surrealistic, unconventional and pretty odd, I couldn't get into them. Neither did I feel any connection to the characters. Everything was just way out-there, any metaphorical meaning and symbolism flew right past me. I tried every story, but in the end I simply gave up and stopped reading.
Review copy supplied by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a rating and/or review.
Oh goodness. I had such high hopes for this book. Unfortunately this was not the book for me. I am sure that the work was translated accurately- however the style of writing was not what I was accustomed to and I found it to be confusing. The book is described as being prose- so I never expected it to be literal or straightforward. Though I was prepared for this collection of short stories to be different from what I am used to reading, I found them to be a little too out there for me. They felt super trippy and focused on things in a way that made it seem like they were supposed to be significant- but I couldn't understand why or how.
It could be very possible that I just was not the right audience for this work.