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The Man With the Compound Eyes

Wu, Ming-Yi (Book - 2014 )
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"The English-language debut of an exciting new award-winning voice from Taiwan--a stunning novel that is at once fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga, in which the lives of two people from very different worlds intertwine under the shadow of a man-made catastrophe. On the mythical island of Wayo-Wayo, young Atile'i has just seen his 180th full moon and, following the tradition of his people, is sent out alone into the vast Pacific as a sacrifice to the Sea God. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, he happens upon a new home--a vast island made of trash. Meanwhile, in Taiwan, Alice, a professor of literature, is preparing to commit suicide following the disappearance of her husband and son. But her plans are put on hold when the trash island collides with the Taiwan coast where Alice lives. Her home is destroyed, but meeting Atile'i gives her life new meaning as they set out to solve the mystery of her lost family. Drawing in the narratives of others impacted by the disaster--Alice's friends and neighbors, environmentalists from abroad, the mysterious man with compound eyes--the novel tells an enthralling, surreal story of the known--and unknown--world around us"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Wu, Ming-Yi, 1971-
Uniform Title: Fu yan ren. English
Title: The man with the compound eyes
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2014]
Edition: First United States edition
Characteristics: 302 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Wu Ming-Yi ; translated from the Chinese by Darryl Sterk
Summary: "The English-language debut of an exciting new award-winning voice from Taiwan--a stunning novel that is at once fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga, in which the lives of two people from very different worlds intertwine under the shadow of a man-made catastrophe. On the mythical island of Wayo-Wayo, young Atile'i has just seen his 180th full moon and, following the tradition of his people, is sent out alone into the vast Pacific as a sacrifice to the Sea God. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, he happens upon a new home--a vast island made of trash. Meanwhile, in Taiwan, Alice, a professor of literature, is preparing to commit suicide following the disappearance of her husband and son. But her plans are put on hold when the trash island collides with the Taiwan coast where Alice lives. Her home is destroyed, but meeting Atile'i gives her life new meaning as they set out to solve the mystery of her lost family. Drawing in the narratives of others impacted by the disaster--Alice's friends and neighbors, environmentalists from abroad, the mysterious man with compound eyes--the novel tells an enthralling, surreal story of the known--and unknown--world around us"-- Provided by publisher.
Additional Contributors: Sterk, Darryl
ISBN: 9780307907967
0307907961
9780307907974
Branch Call Number: SF WU 2014
Other Language: Originally published in Taiwan as Fuyanren by Fudan Press in 2011
Subject Headings: Islands Fiction Families Fiction Missing persons Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Islands
Families
Missing persons
Other Editions: Reproduction of (manifestation): Wu, Ming-Yi, 1971- Man with compound eyes London : Harvill Secker, 2013 9781846556708
LCCN: 2013042177
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Atile'i's other car is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


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