The Kite Family

Hon Lai-chu; translated by Andrea Lingenfelter

The Kite Family

Hon Lai-chu; translated by Andrea Lingenfelter

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

236 pages | 5.75 x 8.25
Paperback $18.00 ISBN: 9789881604798 Published November 2015 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
A patient escapes from an asylum to spend his life as the perfect mannequin in a department store display; when living alone is outlawed, a woman who resides quietly with her cat is assigned by bureaucrats to a role in an artificially created “family”; a luckless man transforms himself into a chair so people can, literally, sit on him. These are just a few of the inhabitants of Hon Lai-chu’s stories, where surreal charac-ters struggle to carve out space for freedom and individuality in an absurd world. The Chinese version of The Kite Family won the New Writer’s Novella first prize from Taiwan’s Unitas Literary Association, was named one of 2008’s Books of the Year by Taiwan’s China Times, was selected as one of the Top 10 Chinese Novels Worldwide, and was awarded a Translation Grant from the US National Endowment for the Arts.
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