Remains of Life: A Novel by Wu Wu HeRemains of Life: A Novel by Wu Wu He

Remains of Life: A Novel

byWu Wu HeTranslated byMichael Berry

Hardcover | April 11, 2017

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On October 27, 1930, during a sports meet at Musha Elementary School on an aboriginal reservation in the mountains of Taiwan, a bloody uprising occurred unlike anything Japan had experienced in its colonial history. Before noon, the Atayal tribe had slain one hundred and thirty-four Japanese in a headhunting ritual. The Japanese responded with a militia of three thousand, heavy artillery, airplanes, and internationally banned poisonous gas, bringing the tribe to the brink of genocide.

Nearly seventy years later, Chen Guocheng, a writer known as Wu He, or "Dancing Crane," investigated the Musha Incident to search for any survivors and their descendants. Remains of Life, a milestone of Chinese experimental literature, is a fictionalized account of the writer's experiences among the people who live their lives in the aftermath of this history. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style, it contains no paragraph breaks and only a handful of sentences. Shifting among observations about the people the author meets, philosophical musings, and fantastical leaps of imagination, Remains of Life is a powerful literary reckoning with one of the darkest chapters in Taiwan's colonial history.

Wu He is a native of Tainan, Taiwan, and came to prominence in 1974 with the publication of his award-winning short story, "Peony Autumn." He spent much of the 1980s and 1990s in seclusion before returning to the literary world with a string of powerful and challenging books, including Digging for Bones (1995), The Sea at Seventeen (1...
Title:Remains of Life: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231166001

ISBN - 13:9780231166003

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A brilliant but immensely challenging work, of great interest to students of contemporary Asian fiction-and of the literature of atrocity and remembrance as well.