One Man's Decision to Become a Tree

One Man's Decision to Become a Tree

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This work of fiction consists of four novellas. The Reincarnation of Dreamer is set in China; in the story, the identities of Xiaomeng and "I" gradually merge. It is a humorous allegory of the conflict between tradition and modernity. In Who Knows, the author reflects on Chinese traditions, having already left China and gained enough imaginary distance. Desire's Wings shows the seduction by the foreign and its conflict, convergence and integration with the author's native Chinese culture. In One Man's Decision to Become a Tree, everything boils down to the profound loneliness of the human heart that no one can escape. Each novella is relatively self-contained; structure and language style are fundamentally different. The voices of the characters weave together into a symphonic narrative, and the language radiates richness and complexity. All the fictions, however, are deeply rooted in reality, and so the many layers of language form the baroque architecture of this book.

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Author: YoYo

Translated from Chinese by Callisto Searle

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ca. 300
soft cover with flaps
14 x 21 cm
March 2023