A book launch with Harvey Thomlinson
Tuesday, March 13, 6 pm | 60 RMB - purchase link

Harvey Thomlinson presents his experimental novel The Strike, the story of an illegal protest in a frozen border town in China. The Strike explores a season of crisis in the lives of Old Yu and Little Xu, two outcasts caught up in the trouble which explodes over the sale of the local electricity plant. After his arrest, guilt-ridden laid-off worker Old Yu embarks on a dangerous journey to find the rebellious woman he betrayed, before it’s too late. Meanwhile, vulnerable young drifter Little Xu enters into a reckless relationship with a stranger on the run. Harvey will talk about the real-life strike in northern China that inspired the book, and the experimental syntax he utilises in the novel. He will also discuss the current publishing environment and running his Hong Kong press, Make-Do Publishing.

Harvey Thomlinson is known as a translator of independent Chinese writers like Murong Xuecun and Chen Xiwo. Harvey’s translations have also been published in New York Times and the Guardian and his translation of Leave Me Alone, Chengdu was listed for the MAN Asia Literary Prize. His own innovative writing gained a reputation as weird syntax pieces appeared in journals like Exclusive Magazine (US) and Tears on the Fence (UK). Harvey’s novel The Strike was published in January 2018 by Lucid Play, and they will also publish his work-in-progress of many years The Sentence later this year. Harvey also runs Make-Do Publishing, a Hong Kong press which specializes in fiction from Asia.

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