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September 15, 2011

This week, as we mentioned last month, we’ve chosen Huang Fan’s Zero and Other Fictions, a collection of stories brought to you by Columbia University Press.

Huang is a celebrated modern Taiwanese writer who has been writing for over 30 years. This is his first collection to appear in English, curated and translated by John Balcom who has graciously also contributed an interview to this feature. Much of Huang’s writing is political in nature, and in this collection we have stories representative of each of the various stages of his writing career. Here the stories range from metafiction to allegory to the science-fiction dystopian writing of Zero, which takes up the majority of the collection.

As always, we have an interview and full review this week, and be sure to take a look at our extended advance preview for a glimpse of Zero.

Zero and Other Fictions
Huang Fan
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Translated by John Balcom
Columbia University Press

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