Aug 12, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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The World Literature website usefully opens its review of this book with the following words:
"In her collection Vertical Motion, Can Xue establishes a trippy and surreal world: apartments float high in the air, and large owls and men with lacquer-black skin haunt troubled people. There's a common thread between Can Xue and Japanese writer Haruki Murakami in that both writers use the surreal to expound the oddness of human experiences; but where Murakami's is a kind of hipster existentialism, Can Xue roots her existentialism in folklore. In many ways, Can Xue's place is between Isaac Bashevis Singer and Franz Kafka."
Since I doubt I can do a better job of summarising what this book appears to be about, I will leave it there, and invite you to dive in to this shortish work of short stories with what may be a common theme and bring your ideas about what it's all about to our discussion!
Available all over the place, but here's where you can buy it on Amazon.