New York Review of Books
December 08, 2020
4.8 X 7.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Ge Fei is the pen name of Liu Yong, who was born in Jiangsu Province in 1964. His scholarly publications include Kafka's Pendulum and his fiction includes The Invisibility Cloak (available as an NYRB Classic); the Jiangnan Trilogy, of which Peach Blossom Paradise is the first volume; and the novella Flock of Brown Birds. He was awarded the 2014 Lu Xun Literary Prize and the 2015 Mao Dun Prize for Fiction. Canaan Morse is a translator, poet, and editor. He cofounded the literary quarterly Pathlight: New Chinese Writing and has contributed translations of Chinese prose and poetry to The Kenyon Review, The Baffler, and other journals. In 2016 he translated Ge Fei's The Invisibility Cloak for NYRB Classics.
An engrossing retelling of the Peach Blossom Paradise myth. . . . Rather than offering a well-trodden narrative of romance and revolution, Ge Fei shows that a determined revolutionary isn't necessarily a shrewd one . . . [A] stirring, illuminating saga. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "It is impossible to enter the deeper aspects of contemporary Chinese literature without also entering the world of Ge Fei." --Enrique Vila-Matas