Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong


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Riverhead Books
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6.4 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Louisa Lim is the author of The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. She covered China and Hong Kong for more than two decades as a correspondent for the BBC and NPR, and has also written for The New York Times, The Wash­ington Post, and The Guardian. Raised in Hong Kong, she lives in Australia with her two children and teaches at the University of Melbourne.


Advance praise for Indelible City

"Arriving at the exact right moment, Indelible City charts the course of the region by digging deeply into its history. Lim deftly weaves her way through the ages, arriving at our current time, all the while capturing Hong Kong's soul inside the book's pages." -Newsweek

Riveting. . . . a vivid and vital contribution to postcolonial history. -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Beautifully written... A fascinating work that is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Hong Kong. -Library Journal, starred review

"Lim's outstanding history of Hong Kong is an epic must-read. . . . From the first page, the importance of language and the voices of Hong Kongers are central themes. Yet Indelible City captures much more as it records the struggle of people oppressed. . . yet determined in their pursuit of freedom and cultural identity." -Booklist, starred review

"The best book about the indelible city to date. Irresistibly real and emotionally authentic, it shines with a shimmering light rarely seen in political narrative. A truly extraordinary elegy." -Ai Weiwei

"An utterly brilliant and original ode to Hong Kong, throbbing with eccentricity and sense of place. Like Joseph Mitchell's singular rendering of New York, Lim's Hong Kong will be read decades from now as an indelible portrait." -Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition, winner of the National Book Award

"I absolutely loved this book. Each page is a revelation about a city whose history I thought I knew well. Lim's exploration of Hong Kong's identity is insightful, refreshing and entirely original." -Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy and Eat the Buddha

"I read Louisa Lim's book slowly, haunted by memories and stymied by sorrow. An archaeological dig into the disappearing present, her fascinating and heartbreaking account reveals an indelible history hidden in plain sight, and a future that Hong Kong's unique sensibility promises even as the world's most powerful autocracy strives to erase it." -Geremie Barmé, editor of China Heritage