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By Sheng Keyi

Sheng Keyi used to be born in Hunan province in 1973 and lives in Beijing. loss of life Fugue is her 6th novel, and the second one to be released in English translation, after Northern ladies (2012). it's a courageous paintings of speculative fiction, a go among Cloud Atlas and 1984, scathing in its irony, inventive in its use of allegory, and acute in its realizing of the ability of writing. The mind's eye that drives it truly is exuberant and unconstrained.

In a wide sq. within the centre of Beiping, the capital of Dayang, a massive tower of excrement appears to be like at some point, inflicting unease within the inhabitants, and eventually frequent civil unrest. The protest, during which poets play an enormous half, is positioned down violently. Haunted by way of the violence, and via his failure to aid his female friend Qizi, who's one of many protest leaders, Yuan Mengliu supplies up poetry in favour of drugs, and the antiseptic atmosphere of the working theatre. yet each year he travels looking for Qizi, and on the sort of journeys, stuck in a hurricane, he wakes to discover himself in an ideal society referred to as Swan Valley. during this utopia, as he quickly discovers, impulse and feeling are thoroughly managed, and each element of lifestyles regulated for the great of the country, with negative results.

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