2015 Taiwan Literature Award
Over 10,000 copies sold in Taiwan
The long-awaited new novel from Taiwan’s leading contemporary writer is a major publishing event of 2015. Cheng, a novelist, once wrote a book about his father’s childhood and his disappearance twenty years ago. One day he receives a reader’s email asking whether his father’s bicycle disappeared as well. Perplexed and amused, Cheng decides to track down the bicycle, which was stolen many years previously. The journey takes him to a scavenger’s treasure trove, the mountain home of an aboriginal photographer, deep into the secret world of antique bicycle collectors, and ultimately to his own heart. The result is an intimate portrait of a Taiwanese family, a history of the bicycle industry, and a collage of magical, heart-wrenching stories from various characters in the novel.
Told in the same warm and clear voice that made The Man with the Compound Eyes such a literary favourite, Wu Ming-Yi’s new novel combines historical fiction and his unique brand of magical realism to create a stunning work of art.