About The Author
Wu Ming-Yi is a Taiwanese writer, painter, designer, photographer, literary professor, butterfly scholar, environmental activist, traveller and blogger. He is the author of the novel Routes in the Dream (2007), as well as a number of non-fiction books and short story collections. The Man with the Compound Eyes, which has been described as a 'Taiwanese Life of Pi', is his first novel to be translated into English.
In alternating chapters set in the very near future, it tells the stories of Alice Shih, who has lost her husband and son in a climbing accident, and is quietly preparing to commit suicide in her house by the sea, and Atile'i, who has grown up on the island of Wayo Wayo, where every second son must leave on the day he turns fifteen as a sacrifice to the Sea God. As the strongest swimmer and best sailor, Atile'i is determined to defy destiny and become the first to survive.
When a vast trash vortex comes crashing onto the shore of Taiwan, bringing Atile'i with it, Alice's plans are thrown into disarray. She and Atile'i retrace her late husband's footsteps into the mountains, hoping to solve the mystery of her son's disappearance.
Read the opening pages from the book here.
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