The History Of The Adventures Of Vivi And Vera
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THE HISTORY OF THE ADVENTURES OF VIVI AND VERA
Written by Dung Kai-cheung
under the Inspiration of the Ancient Chinese Treatise Celestial Creations and the Works of Man
published by Hong Kong University Press
Award-winning author Dung Kai-cheung weaves together two inventive narratives in this remarkable book. One is the story of a novelist who recounts his family’s history against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s development from the 1930s to the 1990s. Dung builds this story through vignettes about the protagonist’s relationship with technological inventions that shaped his life, as glimpsed through his uncertain memory and family myths. Running parallel to this is a rebellion by the novelist’s oppressed fictional characters, who attempt to break the yoke of servile obedience laid upon them by the conventions of novel-writing. The central character, Vivi, has been written into being by the author and, once created, she seems to take on a life of her own and moves from being fabricated to being real, even bravely undertaking the journey to meet her creator—the novelist—in the real world. Fantasy and realism combine to suggest that crossing boundaries is inherent part of our nature.
- paperback: 508 pages
- ISBN: 9789881604767