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By Kai-cheung Dung,Anders Hansson,Bonnie S. McDougall

Kai-cheung Dung is a creative and prolific writer whose internationally-acclaimed, genre-bending paintings defies conventional acts of illustration and narrative. This soaking up novel top exemplifies his versatility and experimentation, in addition to China’s quickly evolving literary tradition, merging fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in a narrative of succeeding and failing to recapture the issues we lose.

Set within the long-lost urban of Victoria (a fictional global just like modern day Hong Kong), Atlas is written from the unified viewpoint of destiny archaeologists suffering to rebuild an exhilarating city. Divided into 4 sections—“theory,” “the city,” “streets,” and “signs”—Dung’s novel reimagines Victoria via maps and different historic files and artifacts, very like Italo Calvino’s, Jorge Luis Borges’s, and Paul Auster’s quasi-fictional adventures in map-reading and remapping. blending real-world situations with simply invented humans and occasions, and incorporating anecdote and genuine and fictional social remark and critique, Dung’s novel demanding situations the illustration of position and heritage and the boundaries of technical and medical media in reconstructing that background. fiddling with a number of kinds and matters, Dung creatively engages with the destiny of Hong Kong in view that its British “handover” in 1997, which formally marked the top of colonial rule and the start of an uncharted future.

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