Deeply rooted in reality, the multi-layered language form the baroque structure of this book.
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.
Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies.
YoYo (Liu Youhong) is a writer and artist based in Berlin. YoYo has taught at several universities such as Eton College, Windsor, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her artistic work includes performances and paintings, which were exhibited in the Berlin Avantgarde gallery in 2013. YoYo has been invited to take up writer-in-residence positions and arts projects in China, USA and throughout Europe, among others at the University of Shantou, Guangdong province, China; at Yaddo, an artist colony in New York; the Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst in Germany; at the Centro Civitella Ranieri in Italy; at Cove Park in England and at MEET in France.