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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

我的柏拉图 (lit. My Plato)

Novel by Han Dong.

A collection of nine long short-stories (average 40pp each), including the extraordinary 《花花传奇》(The Miraculous Tale of Hua Hua). Han Dong's trademark forensic examination of ordinary life is enlivened by touches of the macabre and the surreal in this story about a family whose lives and relationships are entirely dominated by the need to look after an incontinent, agrophobic cat.