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Author | Tong Wei-ge

  • Date:2024-07-10
Tong Wei-ge

Chinese Name: 童偉格

Born: 1977

Birthplace: New Taipei City (Northern Taiwan) 

 

Did You Know That…? 

Tong Wei-ge’s favorite novelists are Mario Vargas Llosa and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Furthermore, he deems François Rabelais’s “Gargantua and Pantagruel,” Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quixote,” Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” and Albert Camus’s “The Plague” as top novels worth re-reading.

 

 

Tong Wei-ge is a Taiwanese novelist. He studied at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University and the Graduate Institute of Theater Performance and Playwriting at the Taipei National University of Arts (TNUA). Currently, he serves as a lecturer at the TNUA School of Theater Arts.

 

Tong was born in the Wanli District (萬里區) of New Taipei City, an area known for its mining industry. His father, a miner, passed away in a mining accident when Tong was a child. This tragedy deeply impacted Tong, raising his attention towards themes of death in his writing. Starting with “Wang Kao (王考),” Tong’s work has been permeated with death and memories of family. His award-winning novel “Northwest Rain (西北雨)” employs techniques like rewinding, repeating, skipping, and delaying to reassemble fragments about death and family history. Always attempting to reinvent ways to write a novel, Tong demonstrated new possibilities in “Northwest Rain” by challenging the limits of storytelling.

 

Tong’s works are mainly novels. In his early phase, he focused on themes related to his native land, portraying various trivial matters and connecting them through a magical realism approach. This contrasts with the orthodox narrative, which aims to represent the world realistically, an approach he rejects. Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” the quintessential magical realist novel, Tong has been constructing fictitious worlds that constantly leap through time, space, and memories.