Snow and Shadow
13 surreal, haunting short stories
by Dorothy Tse (謝曉虹)
Paperback, 212 pages, English
Publication date March 2014
Dorothy Tse’s stories often start on a note of innocence, but an abrupt twist invariably brings us up short: dreamscapes descend and the pages become populated with ever-weirder characters. Strange occurrences are juxtaposed in ways that confound logical expectations. These stories are not for the faint-hearted—violence and sensuality abound. Limbs, even heads, are lopped off with regularity. Yet scenes can be so outrageous that we find ourselves laughing. Tse’s bold narrative experiments leave us alternately beguiled and deeply unsettled.
About the author
Dorothy Tse is one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed young writers. Her short story collection So Black (好黑) won the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature in 2005 and A Dictionary of Two Cities (雙城辭典), which she co-authored with Hon Lai-chu, won the 2013 Hong Kong Book Prize. Her literary prizes also include Taiwan’s Unitas New Fiction Writers’ Award and the Hong Kong Award for Creative Writing in Chinese. She was a resident at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2011. A co-founder of Hong Kong’s preeminent literary magazine, Fleurs des Lettres, she currently teaches creative writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.
About the translator
Nicky Harman lives in the United Kingdom. She taught translation at Imperial College in London before becoming a full-time translator of Chinese literary works. She focuses on fiction, poetry and occasionally literary nonfiction. In addition to Dorothy Tse, she has translated works by Chen Xiwo, Han Dong, Hong Ying, Xinran, Yan Geling, Zhang Ling and Chan Koon-chung. She is a regular contributor to the literary magazines Chutzpah and Words Without Borders, and also organizes translation-focused events, mentors new translators and was one of the judges for the Harvill Secker Young Translators Prize 2012.
Praise for Snow and Shadow
“By turns playful and melancholy, Dorothy Tse’s tales never fail to mesmerize: they are wonderfully assured, and genuinely strange.”
- Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of Madeleine Is Sleeping
“The bizarre tales of sexual exploitation, family dynamics and intimate relationships present a charming and vividly magical world. A dreamlike quality pervades these pages, as we accept such strange and disturbing imagery in each story, then slip into another alternate reality that is just as odd.”
- South China Morning Post
“Her narrative style is trancelike. This is a book that is hard to put down... Reading Snow and Shadow is akin to being lost in a snowstorm: dizzying, terrifying, but nevertheless thrilling.”
- Words Without Borders