That We May Live: Speculative Chinese Fiction (Calico series)
The first book in the new Calico series from Two Lines Press, That We May Live represents the vanguard of speculative fiction being published in China today with seven stories that are utterly disorienting yet disturbingly familiar
A woman impulsively decides to visit her grandmother in a scene reminiscent of “Little Red Riding Hood,” only to find herself in a town of women obsessed with a mysterious fermented beverage. An aging and well-respected female newscaster at a provincial TV station finds herself caught up in an illicit affair with her boss, who insists that she recite the news while they have sex. An anonymous city prone to vanishing storefronts begins to plant giant mushrooms for its citizens to live in, with disastrous consequences.
In this first book in the brand-new Calico Series, we bring you work by some of today’s most exciting writers from China and Hong Kong, including Dorothy Tse (tr. Natascha Bruce), Zhu Hui (tr. Michael Day), and Enoch Tam (tr. Jeremy Tiang). Lightly touching on issues of urbanization, sexuality, and propaganda, the collection builds a world both utterly disorienting and disturbing familiar, prompting the question: Where does reality end and absurdity begin in a world pushed to its very limits?
That We May Live includes work from:
Dorothy Tse | translated by Natascha Bruce
Enoch Tam | translated by Jeremy Tiang
Zhu Hui | translated by Michael Day
Chan Chi Wa | translated by Audrey Heijns
Chen Si’an | translated by Canaan Morse
Yan Ge | translated by Jeremy Tiang
The Calico series, published biannually by Two Lines Press, captures vanguard works of translated literature in stylish, collectible editions. Each Calico is a vibrant snapshot that explores one aspect of our present moment, offering the voices of previously inaccessible, highly innovative writers from around the world today. That We May Live is the first book in the series.