That we may live : spectaculative Chinese fiction.

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Summary

"This remarkable anthology of Chinese speculative fiction offers seven tales of societal responsibility and individual freedom. . . . By turns cryptic and revealing, phantasmagorical and straightforward, these tales balance reality and fantasy on the edge of a knife."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

A woman impulsively decides to visit her grandmother in a scene reminiscent of "Little Red Riding Hood," only to find herself in a town of women obsessed with a mysterious fermented beverage. An aging and well-respected female newscaster at a provincial TV station finds herself caught up in an illicit affair with her boss, who insists that she recite the news while they have sex. An anonymous city prone to vanishing storefronts begins to plant giant mushrooms for its citizens to live in, withdisastrous consequences.

In this first book in the brand-new Calico Series, we bring you work by some of today's most exciting writers from China and Hong Kong, including Dorothy Tse (tr. Natascha Bruce), Zhu Hui (tr. Michael Day), and Enoch Tam (tr. Jeremy Tiang). Lightly touching on issues of urbanization, sexuality, and propaganda, the collection builds a world both utterly disorienting and disturbing familiar, prompting the question: Where does reality end and absurdity begin in a world pushed to its very limits?

The Calico series, published biannually by Two Lines Press, captures vanguard works of translated literature in stylish, collectible editions. Each Calico is a vibrant snapshot that explores one aspect of our present moment, offering the voices of previously inaccessible, highly innovative writers from around the world today. That We May Live is the first book in the series.

Contents
Sour meat / Dorothy Tse ; translated by Natascha Bruce
Auntie Han's modern life / Enoch Tam ; translated by Jeremy Tiang
Lip service / Zhu Hui ; translated by Michael Day
The elephant / Chan Chi Wa ; translated by Audrey Heijns
The mushroom houses proliferated in District M / Enoch Tam ; translated by Jeremy Tiang
A counterfeit life / Chen Si'an ; translated by Canaan Morse
Flourishing beasts / Yan Ge ; translated by Jeremy Tiang.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With enthralling and precise language, this first book in Two Lines Press' Calico series of collected translated literature impresses. In "Sour Meat," a loose rendition of "Little Red Riding Hood," an office worker impulsively decides to visit her grandmother, driven by faded memories and the gentle insistence of a stranger. The smell of her grandmother's homemade tea leads her to a town where strange women brew the mysterious beverage, and she learns what makes it so nauseatingly enticing. In "Auntie Han's Modern Life," Miss Han owns a clothing shop in the bustling District E. As time passes, "Miss" Han becomes "Auntie" Han, and she sees her neighborhood change from an energetic town to a lifeless plot of land threatened by urbanization. In "Lip Service," Hanyi is an anchorwoman known for her exceptional beauty and voice. For 12 years, she's confidently delivered the news twice a day and worked "overtime," engaging in an illicit affair with her boss. However, as younger newscasters appear, she begins to fear for her job security and takes measures to ensure she never needs to fear again. This collection of speculative Chinese fiction is compelling and provocative, exploring the thin line between reality and absurdity."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This remarkable anthology of Chinese speculative fiction offers seven tales of societal responsibility and individual freedom. In "A Counterfeit Life" by Chen Si'an, translated by Canaan Morse, a man becomes the leader of a subtle labor revolution. Two stories by Enoch Tam, both translated by Jeremy Tiang, dive deep into evocative settings: in "The Mushroom Houses Proliferated in District M" a town plants giant mushrooms for shelter, while "Auntie Han's Modern Life" revolves around a shopkeeper in a strange, changing district. Gender and self-determination lie at the core of both "Sour Meat" by Dorothy Tse, translated by Natascha Bruce, and "Flourishing Beasts" by Yan Ge, translated by Jeremy Tiang. In Zhu Hui's "Lip Service," translated by Michael Day, a charismatic aging news anchor plots to keep her job, and in "The Elephant," by Chan Chi Wa, translated by Audrey Heijns, the mysterious disappearance of an elephant throws a town into chaos, leading to a thorough exploration of authority and trust. By turns cryptic and revealing, phantasmagorical and straightforward, these tales balance reality and fantasy on the edge of a knife. This provocative sampler of Chinese fiction is both challenging and rewarding. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories, Chinese -- Translations into English.
Chinese fiction -- 21st century -- Translations into English.
Science fiction, Chinese -- Translations into English.
Fantasy fiction, Chinese -- Translations into English.
Speculative fiction, Chinese -- Translations into English.
Short stories, Chinese -- 21st century -- Translations into English.
Short stories.
Publisher San Francisco, CA :2020
Language English
Description 166 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 9781949641004
1949641007
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