shanghai.shanghai.shanghai is a novel about the culture writer and closet novelist Ge and his encounters with such people as a Bogotá pickpocket, a defiant Uighur woman with borrowed baby, a German naval attaché, American evangelicals working the Beijing Olympics, and China's first woman conductor of western classical music. Its main themes uncover the thin fabric that separates state-censorship and self-censorship, and collaboration and corroboration, in China's war of infinite resistance. It avoids conventional narrative techniques; instead it focuses on episodic and interconnected moments revolving in a Shanghai between its foreign-occupied 1939, state-occupied 1989, and the self-occupied present in a Möbius loop, sometimes in the same sentence, and uses backstory sidebars and multiple English and Chinese typefaces to maintain a fluid and cohesive story.
About the Author
Since a MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1963, he has published more than 350 poems, stories, photographs, essays and extended interviews in magazines, newspapers and anthologies, as well as thirteen books. Among his many honors, he has received three National Endowment for the Arts awards, Fulbright and Lingnan Professorships, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio residency, Knox College's Alumni Achievement Award, and the American Book Award in 2002 for his Lipstick and Other Stories.