Translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping from Chinese
Published by Yale University Press, London
I Live in the Slums combines elements of both Chinese materiality—the love of physical things—and Western abstract thinking, inviting readers into an immersive landscape that blends empirical fact and illusion, mixes the physical and spiritual, and probes the space between consciousness and unconsciousness. The stories bring readers to a place that is both readily familiar yet unmappable, highlighting the inherent unreliability in our relationship to the world around us. Delightful, enchanting, and full of mystery and secrets, Can Xue’s newest collection shines a light on the forces that give contours to the visible terrain we acknowledge as reality.