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The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane

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The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane by Horace Ho
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Daniel Fang's mid-thirties are marked by the birth of his daughter and the death of a childhood friend. His daughter's birth and infancy reminds him of his own boyhood, his friend's death of the good times he had with back in their old neighbourhood. They were the kids from the wrong side of the temple, kids who grew up in the night market and next to the red light district. Their parents didn't like them visiting the market by themselves and expressly forbade them from taking a single step into Carnation Lane. But the appearance of a chained orangutan in a night market spectacle the year the three friends turned twelve convinced them to defy the parental ban. While the adults were away at a protest against Taiwan's endless Martial Law, they stole into the banned zone, released the beast from bondage and led it upstream, on a quest to find the fabled zoo. The memory of this all-but-forgotten childhood experience comes back after news of his friend's suicide. It seems to Daniel Fang that the two events must somehow be connected. A cryptologist by training, he decides to investigate, hoping to solve the mystery of his friend's death and decode the message contained within the memory that has shaped, even warped, their later lives.

Author Biography

Horace Ho is a Taiwanese writer and a professor in Comparative Literature at Chinese Culture University in Taipei. His writing has received numerous accolades, including the United Daily News Literature Prize. The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane is his first book to be translated into English. Darryl Sterk has translated numerous short stories by Taiwanese writers for The Taipei Chinese Pen, Asymptote and Pathlight. His novel translation includes Wu Ming-Yi's The Man with the Compound Eyes, and Chang Ying-Tai's The Bear Whispers to Me. He is a professor in Translation and Interpretation at National Taiwan Univerisy. As a scholar he works on the representation of Taiwan's indigenous peoples in film and fiction.
Release date Australia
May 15th, 2017
Author
Contributor
Translated by Darryl Sterk
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
Balestier Press
Pages
290
Dimensions
138x216x16
ISBN-13
9780993215483
Product ID
26207384

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