Ge Fei is the pen name of Liu Yong. He is best known for his
Jiangnan Trilogy, which includes the novels Renmian Taohua
(Peach Blossom Beauty), My Dream of the Mountain and
River, and Spring Ends in Jiangnan, and for which he
received the 2015 Mao Dun Literature Prize. He teaches at Tsinghua
University in Beijing.
Canaan Morse is a translator, poet, and editor based in Boston. He co-founded the literary quarterly Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, and has contributed translations of Chinese prose and poetry to The Kenyon Review, The Baffler, and other journals. He won the Susan Sontag Prize for Translation in 2014 for The Invisibility Cloak.
"A sly and damning piece of work." -Sam Sacks, The Wall Street
"This slim comic novel, the first by acclaimed Chinese author Ge Fei to be translated into English, follows the travails of a likable loser trying to stay afloat-financially and emotionally-in contemporary Beijing. ...page by page, Cui lives by his own moral compass until readers find themselves rooting for this philosophical Everyman to overcome every setback Ge Fei throws his way.The plot may be slight, but the author packs in wit, social commentary, and an emotional depth that will lift the reader's spirits like few recent English-language books." -Kirkus, starred review
"Shot through with an eerie melody." -Publisher's Weekly
A hard and humorous look at corruption in Beijing, its dark humour is perfectly matched with the sharp social satire and enters the realm of the fantastic with great gusto.
-Asif Farrukhi, The News on Sunday (Pakistan)