“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Zhang Yaosheng

張耀升

MCLC

Born in 1975, Zhang Yaosheng is said to have been drawn to literature through fortuitous misreadings: In junior high, his mother sent him to buy some books about real estate, but he accidentally bought Zhang Dachun's novel Apartment Guide instead, and discovered fiction. Then, as a student of statistics at Tunghai University, he found a black cat on his balcony one early morning; then, consulting books on pet rearing, he came across Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat. He at once decided to transfer to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

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