Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Blue Light in the Sky & Other Stories by Zeping Chen

A selection of harsh, sometimes violent, and often surreal stories by the premier young avant-garde Chinese woman writer. A couple moves with their young daughter to the seaside, only to be terrorized by hostile townsfolk, predatory seabirds, and the persistent sound of the waves. Two old friends spend their waning days traipsing amongst ruined walls, imagining bubbling brooks and lush marshland. An old man lives atop a bizarre wooden building in the clouds, where he is served pancakes by a hostile youth. These are the scenarios of just some of the stories in this generous new collection by Can Xue. Although rooted in the folk traditions of Chinese literature and the real conflicts of contemporary Chinese life, Can Xue's stories exist in a separate space and time where dreams and reality coalesce: tenderness quickly turns to violence, strange diseases are caught, and quaint landscapes become phantasmagorical. Can Xue's literary world is inhabited by ghosts, dying old men, street urchins, cobblers, farmers, cats, rats, and stray dogs. Much influenced by Borges, Kafka, and Bruno Schulz, this new collection of Can Xue's surreal stories confirms The New York Times' assessment that "reading Can Xue's fiction is like running downhill in the dark; you've got momentum, but you don't know where you're headed."

Buy Blue Light in the Sky & Other Stories by Zeping Chen from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780811216487
ISBN-10: 0811216489
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 8-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Blue Light in the Sky & Other Stories by Zeping Chen

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Blue Light in the Sky & Other Stories book by Zeping Chen and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Zeping Chen

Frontier by Zeping Chen
Paperback, March 2017
$29.12
Five Spice Street by Zeping Chen
Paperback, April 2012
$23.39