The Deep Imperial City

The Deep Imperial City Xu Zechen
Pub date January 2017
Original publisher People's Literature Publishing House (China)
International publishers Chiu Ko Publishing Co., Ltd (Taiwan)

In this 89-page novella, Xu Zechen explores life in present-day Beijing through the tale of an experimental playwright, Yu Songpo, who faces criticism for his latest, highly controversial work and is also exposed for a crime he committed many years earlier. Symbolic of man’s “internal struggle with darkness”, an impenetrable smog hangs over Beijing, lifting only as the protagonist meets his downfall…


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