Ge Fei in conversation with Michael Barron
October 12, 2016, 7:00 PM
In Ge Fei’s The Invisibility Cloak, everyone is doing their best to hustle up the ladder of success in contemporary Beijing. Unfortunately, our hero is a loser. Divorced, childless, and living with his sister, he scrapes by making customized, old-fashioned amplifiers for the occasional rich audio-obsessive, all of whom he hates. When an old friend tips him off about a special job, could it mean a turn in his luck, or something worse? The Invisibility Cloak, translated deftly from the Chinese by Canaan Morse, is a provocative and seriously funny exercise in the social fantastic by one of China’s finest living writers, drawing comparisons to such contemporary fabulists as Murakami. Co-hosted by NYRB Classics. In conversation with Michael Barron.
Ge Fei is the pen name of Liu Yong. He is best known for his Jiangnan Trilogy, which includes the novels Renmian Taohua (Peach Blossom Beauty), Spring Ends in Jiangnan, and My Dream of the Mountain and River, and for which he received the 2015 Mao Dun Literature Prize. He teaches at Tsinghua University in Beijing.