From Chinese phenomenon An Li, a novel about hometown, webs of power, culture, and human nature.
The story is set in China where a Chinese American, Tian Liben, attempts to invest in his hometown. An idealist who aspires to fulfill what he imagines to be the boundless potential of his native village, he becomes helplessly trapped in a complicated web of power, interest, culture, and human nature. When he eventually realizes that the village is a muddy pit and not a gold mine, he can no longer escape.
Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies.
An excerpt from THE FACE OF TIME:“Isn't your hometown mine, too?
Liben said Mazi Village had actually gone. It had disappeared forever from this planet and what we saw and touched now was nothing but a facsimile. If there were any traces of Mazi Village of yore, they could be found in two places — the old locust tree nicknamed Old Mom, and Three-River Bay. Liben suggested that we go to these two places, which might give us some consolation.”
An Li (born 1962), is a Chinese writer who has dedicated himself to presenting real life and to revealing the truth behind it. Acclaimed as "the kingdom of thought, the mason of language" due to his profound insight and masterful technique, he has become a special phenomenon in contemporary Chinese literature.