The 10th edition of "Night of Literature (Nuit de la literature)," organized by the Forum of Foreign Cultural Institutes in Paris (FICEP) will take place in Paris on May 21, after being held virtually for the past two years.
The public will be able to enjoy 17 pieces of literary works from all over the world, including a Taiwanese novel that is recommended by the Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris. Renowned Taiwanese novelist Kao Yi-feng (高翊峰), who was selected as one of the top 20 most-anticipated Chinese novelists under the age of 40 by UNITAS literary monthly in 2012, will be representing Taiwan to participate in the “Night of Literature” event.
The French edition of Kao's book "War of the Bubbles (泡沫戰爭)" (French: La guerre des bulles) was released in 2017. It is a story of magical realism, in which a remote village is taken over and governed by a group of children after their adults failed to solve the pressing issue of water shortage. It is an exploration of the tensions between the people and those who govern, and the ways in which we are forced to do things we don’t want to by the system in which we live. This book questions the essence of the human condition, the pull between our individual desires and the needs of the group, as well as the loss of innocence as we grow to understand the world around us better.
Kao's writing has won numerous prizes. He has published several collections of short stories and his 2011 novel "Imaginary Ship (幻艙)" was nominated for the Taiwan Literary Award.
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