An Empty Room: Stories (New Directions Paperbook) by Mu Xin,Toming Jun Liu

By Mu Xin,Toming Jun Liu

A fantastic cycle of brief tales by way of one among China’s so much respected modern writers and one of many world’s prime artist-intellectuals.

An Empty Room is the 1st ebook by way of the distinguished chinese language author Mu Xin to seem in English. A cycle of 13 tenderly evocative tales written whereas Mu Xin was once residing in exile, this assortment is such as the structural great thing about Hemingway’s In Our Time and the imagistic strength of Kawabata’s palm-of-the-hand tales. From the standard (a bus coincidence) to the bizarre (Buddhist halos) to the clever (Goethe, Lao Zi), Mu Xin’s wandering “I” interweaves plots with philosophical grace and religious profundity. A small blue bowl turns into an emblem of vanishing formative years; a painter in a race opposed to fading reminiscence scribbles notes in an underground felony throughout the Cultural Revolution; an deserted temple room holds a dismal secret. An Empty Room is a soul-stirring web page turner, a Sebaldian reverie of passing time, loss, and humanity regained.

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