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迷谷 (lit. Vale of Enchantment)

Novel by Su Wei.

The Invisible Valley (lit. Mi Gu, "Vale of Enchantment") is the tale of a spunky, nonconformist "sent-down youth" (one of the millions of middle- and high-school age students exiled to the countryside to "re-educated" after the Cultural Revolution) who discovers a hidden utopia, an isolated community of migrants living deep in the jungles of Hainan Island. When their matriarch Jade takes him as lover, he must play a precarious balancing game between two worlds: the haunted society of the "driftfolk," and the twisted irrationalities of Mao’s China. (copied from


The Invisible Valley

Translated by Austin Woerner


The Invisible Valley Small Beer Press April 2018 US