Wu Ming-Yi’s novel about bicycles, elephants and war - which is also a startlingly intimate meditation on memory, family and home. Translated by Darryl Sterk.

A search for his missing father’s stolen bicycle takes author Cheng on an epic quest deep into the secret world of antique bicycle collectors. On the journey, he finds himself caught up in the strangely intertwined stories of Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, the soldiers who fought in the jungles of South-East Asia during World War Two and the secret worlds of the butterfly handicraft makers.

The Man Booker International Prize 2018
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Wu Ming-Yi

Wu Ming-Yi

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One of Taiwan's most innovative young novelists, Wu Ming-Yi was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in June 1971. He has won the China Times Open Book Award six times.
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Darryl Sterk

Darryl Sterk

About the Translator

Darryl Sterk was born in Edmonton, Canada, in March 1973.

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