Congratulations to Text Publishing and Wu Ming-Yi, whose book The Stolen Bicycle has been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.
Wu Ming-Yi is a six-time winner of the China Times Open Book Award, including for The Stolen Bicycle, which also won the Taiwan Literary Award in 2015. The Stolen Bicycle was translated by Darryl Sterk.
ABOUT THE BOOK
On a quest to explain how and why his father mysteriously disappeared twenty years ago, a writer embarks on an epic journey in search of a stolen bicycle and soon finds himself immersed in the strangely overlapping histories of the Japanese military during World War II, Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, and the secret world of antique bicycle collectors in Taiwan. The result is a surprising and moving meditation on memory, loss, and the bonds of family.
Award-winning novelist Wu Ming-Yi is also an artist, designer, photographer, literary professor, butterfly scholar, environmental activist, traveller and blogger, and is widely considered the leading writer of his generation in his native Taiwan.
PRAISE FOR THE STOLEN BICYCLE
‘A profoundly moving novel...Wu Ming-Yi turns events into linguistic gold with his poetic, dreamlike language.’ Good Reading
‘A work of astonishing energy, in which Wu beautifully touches on loss, life and death, fate and destiny, establishing emotional connections between memory and objects, andA between the natural world and war…a novel that provides comfort and reconciliation from a wounded past.’ Thinking Taiwan