In this presentation, Kevin Chen will introduce his well-received novel Ghost Town by discussing the definition of “Ghost,” “Ghost Town” and their meanings in different cultural contexts with the audience.
Kevin will lead the audience to explore the places he has visited, his life experiences in Taiwan and Europe, and other elements that serve as inspirations for the story.
Ghost Town 《鬼地方》
Ghost Town is a stunning novel about a small town in the Taiwan countryside and a family haunted by their own ghosts. Keith Chen, the second son of a traditional Taiwanese family of seven, runs away from the oppression of his village to Berlin in the hope of finding acceptance as a young gay man.
The novel begins a decade later, when Chen has just been released from prison and is about to return to his family’s village, a poor and desolate place. Told in a myriad of voices, both living and dead, and moving through time with deceptive ease, the novel weaves a mesmerizing web of family secrets and countryside superstitions, the search for identity and clash of cultures.
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