Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City (Weatherhead by Kai-cheung Dung,Anders Hansson,Bonnie S. McDougall

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 top exemplifies his versatility and experimentation, in addition to 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 global just like modern day Hong Kong), Atlas is written from the unified standpoint of destiny archaeologists suffering to rebuild an exhilarating city. Divided into 4 sections—“theory,” “the city,” “streets,” and “signs”—Dung’s novel reimagines Victoria via maps and different old records and artifacts, very like Italo Calvino’s, Jorge Luis Borges’s, and Paul Auster’s quasi-fictional adventures in map-reading and remapping. blending real-world eventualities with basically 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 boundaries of technical and clinical media in reconstructing that heritage. fidgeting with numerous kinds and topics, Dung creatively engages with the destiny of Hong Kong due to the fact its British “handover” in 1997, which formally marked the top of colonial rule and the start of an uncharted future.

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