Death Fugue Sheng Keyi

Death Fugue

Author: Sheng Keyi
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Book Title
Death Fugue
Author
Sheng Keyi
ISBN
9781632062925
Banned in China for its taboo allusions to the Tiananmen Square massacre, Sheng Keyi's Death Fugue is a lyrical and explosive dystopian satire that imagines a world of manufactured existence, the erasure of personal freedom, and the perils of governmental control.One morning a nine-story tower of excrement of unknown origin appears in the center of Dayang's capital, Beiping. The government swiftly scrubs the scene of all evidence and hands down its final word: Do not ask questions; dissent will be punished. But the crowd gathered in Round Square to witness the Tower Incident for themselves only grows and soon explodes in unrest. Poet Mengliu and his girlfriend Qizi join the uprising, but thousands disappear in the brutal crackdown that follows, including Qizi, the newly appointed protest leader. Mengliu abandons poetry and revolution but never gives up hope that Qizi may still be alive. Years later, on his annual journey in search of Qizi, Mengliu washes ashore in the idyllic country of Swan Valley, a world of dreamlike beauty, perfection, and youth. But the dream becomes a nightmare as he slowly begins to unravel the secrets of Swan Valley, discovering that the perfect society exists at a deep, inhumane cost. Boldly absurdist yet eerily prescient, award-winning author Sheng Keyi's Death Fugue barrels out of the void left by generations of state-imposed silence in modern-day China, where it remains banned from publication. It is a rogue artist's answer to a profound question of our times: What is the role of art after atrocity? Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Sheng KeyiPublisher: Restless BooksPublished: 08/03/2021ISBN: 9781632062925Pages: 384Weight: 1.05lbsSize: 8.00h x 5.50w x 1.20dReview Citations: Publishers Weekly 06/28/2021

Banned in China for its taboo allusions to the Tiananmen Square massacre, Sheng Keyi's Death Fugue is a lyrical and explosive dystopian satire that imagines a world of manufactured existence, the erasure of personal freedom, and the perils of governmental control.
One morning a nine-story tower of excrement of unknown origin appears in the center of Dayang's capital, Beiping. The government swiftly scrubs the scene of all evidence and hands down its final word: Do not ask questions; dissent will be punished. But the crowd gathered in Round Square to witness the Tower Incident for themselves only grows and soon explodes in unrest. Poet Mengliu and his girlfriend Qizi join the uprising, but thousands disappear in the brutal crackdown that follows, including Qizi, the newly appointed protest leader. Mengliu abandons poetry and revolution but never gives up hope that Qizi may still be alive.

Years later, on his annual journey in search of Qizi, Mengliu washes ashore in the idyllic country of Swan Valley, a world of dreamlike beauty, perfection, and youth. But the dream becomes a nightmare as he slowly begins to unravel the secrets of Swan Valley, discovering that the perfect society exists at a deep, inhumane cost.

Boldly absurdist yet eerily prescient, award-winning author Sheng Keyi's Death Fugue barrels out of the void left by generations of state-imposed silence in modern-day China, where it remains banned from publication. It is a rogue artist's answer to a profound question of our times: What is the role of art after atrocity?

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Sheng Keyi
Publisher: Restless Books
Published: 08/03/2021
ISBN: 9781632062925
Pages: 384
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.50w x 1.20d

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 06/28/2021

Banned in China for its taboo allusions to the Tiananmen Square massacre, Sheng Keyi's Death Fugue is a lyrical and explosive dystopian satire that imagines a world of manufactured existence, the erasure of personal freedom, and the perils of governmental control.
One morning a nine-story tower of excrement of unknown origin appears in the center of Dayang's capital, Beiping. The government swiftly scrubs the scene of all evidence and hands down its final word: Do not ask questions; dissent will be punished. But the crowd gathered in Round Square to witness the Tower Incident for themselves only grows and soon explodes in unrest. Poet Mengliu and his girlfriend Qizi join the uprising, but thousands disappear in the brutal crackdown that follows, including Qizi, the newly appointed protest leader. Mengliu abandons poetry and revolution but never gives up hope that Qizi may still be alive.

Years later, on his annual journey in search of Qizi, Mengliu washes ashore in the idyllic country of Swan Valley, a world of dreamlike beauty, perfection, and youth. But the dream becomes a nightmare as he slowly begins to unravel the secrets of Swan Valley, discovering that the perfect society exists at a deep, inhumane cost.

Boldly absurdist yet eerily prescient, award-winning author Sheng Keyi's Death Fugue barrels out of the void left by generations of state-imposed silence in modern-day China, where it remains banned from publication. It is a rogue artist's answer to a profound question of our times: What is the role of art after atrocity?

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Sheng Keyi
Publisher: Restless Books
Published: 08/03/2021
ISBN: 9781632062925
Pages: 384
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.50w x 1.20d

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 06/28/2021