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THE SHADOW

THE SHADOW

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The Shadow intertwines the stories of baseball player Shi-Chen and super fan Fido. Just as he is about to retire, Fido invites Shi-Chen to join a secret group to help unveil the bookies and players who throw games for money. Despite his misgivings, he agrees, but before long, his decision to betray the sport he has made his life begins to haunt him and the whole plan begins to unravel…

Inspired by a real match-fixing scandal that rocked Taiwanese baseball in 2009, Chu spent four years writing this novel in part due to his own rage and disappointment that the sport he loved so much had been so thoroughly compromised. His writing had previously been characterised by a tendency to rather obscure symbolism, but The Shadow marks a new phase in his artistic development, using knowledge of baseball and a more straightforward prose style. The effect is a moving exploration of the passions and disappointments inherent in playing or following sport.

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Aquarius
Date: 2015/3
Pages: 336
Length: 162,000 characters

(approx. 100,000 words in English)

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