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THE ILLUSIONIST ON THE SKYWALK

天橋上的魔術師

THE ILLUSIONIST ON THE SKYWALK

The Illusionist on the Skywalk is a collection of ten short stories that take place in the seventies at the famous Chunghwa shopping centre in Taipei. The shopping centre consisted of eight buildings in a row. The illusionist and the skywalks connecting the buildings are prominent in these stories, with childhood memories of the shopping centre as a central theme. The protagonists, narrators and perspectives are all different in each of the stories, but personae that appear in one story sometimes appear in another as passers-by. Besides this, memories also create a continuity that makes it seem that the narrators have overlapping memories despite their different pasts. Spinning memories into stories becomes magic, and the narrator skilfully demonstrates his tricks in a marvellous illusion of disappearances, reappearances and invisibility. The last story sheds new light on the stories, making the reader want to re-read them again and again.

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Korean (Alma Publishing)
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Category: Literary Fiction, Short Stories
Publisher: Summer Festival Press
Date: 2011/11
Pages: 224
Length: 85,000 characters

(approx. 55,000 words in English)

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Grace Chang (Books from Taiwan)

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