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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 most sensible exemplifies his versatility and experimentation, besides China’s swiftly 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 international just like modern day Hong Kong), Atlas is written from the unified standpoint of destiny archaeologists suffering to rebuild an exciting 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 similar to Italo Calvino’s, Jorge Luis Borges’s, and Paul Auster’s quasi-fictional adventures in map-reading and remapping. blending real-world situations with in simple terms invented humans and occasions, and incorporating anecdote and real and fictional social statement and critique, Dung’s novel demanding situations the illustration of position and background and the bounds of technical and medical media in reconstructing that historical past. fidgeting with quite a few types and matters, Dung creatively engages with the destiny of Hong Kong due to the fact that its British “handover” in 1997, which formally marked the tip of colonial rule and the start of an uncharted future.

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