Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi

By Sheng Keyi

Sheng Keyi used to be born in Hunan province in 1973 and lives in Beijing. demise Fugue is her 6th novel, and the second one to be released in English translation, after Northern ladies (2012). it's a courageous paintings of speculative fiction, a go among Cloud Atlas and 1984, scathing in its irony, creative in its use of allegory, and acute in its knowing of the ability of writing. The mind's eye that drives it's exuberant and unconstrained.

In a wide sq. within the centre of Beiping, the capital of Dayang, a big tower of excrement seems to be at some point, inflicting unease within the inhabitants, and eventually frequent civil unrest. The protest, during which poets play a huge half, is placed down violently. Haunted through the violence, and through his failure to help his female friend Qizi, who's one of many protest leaders, Yuan Mengliu supplies up poetry in favour of medication, and the antiseptic atmosphere of the working theatre. yet each year he travels looking for Qizi, and on this sort of journeys, stuck in a hurricane, he wakes to discover himself in an ideal society known as Swan Valley. during this utopia, as he quickly discovers, impulse and feeling are thoroughly managed, and each element of lifestyles regulated for the nice of the country, with negative outcomes.

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Le commissaire exigerait une visite en règle des ateliers de confection et des tailleurs de Paris. Et enrôlerait de la piétaille en uniforme pour quadriller la zone, tels des troufions en pleine guérilla urbaine. Le pronostic se révéla exact. — On se paye bien sûr les ateliers clandestins, dit N’Diop avec un sourire extra large. — Vous démarrez par eux. — Ça va être un sacré bordel, patron, lâcha Argenson. Ils vont s’égailler comme des lapins en nous voyant débarquer et il va falloir leur courir après.

Au cœur du marasme d’une époque. J’ai connu ça avec Jim Morrison. La première fois que je l’ai rencontré, je ne l’ai pas reconnu. Le dieu californien avait doublé de volume. Je ne savais pas que je venais de papoter avec le symbole d’une jeunesse en plein désarroi. Il faut dire qu’on ne nous recrute pas pour nos qualités intellectuelles, nous les flics. Sauf vous, bien sûr. Bon, ça a été un plaisir. Mais ma séance de cinoche m’attend. Un film policier avec un flic au QI de 170, et un truand qui plafonne à 175.

C’est un flic à la retraite, pas un loup-garou, Serge. — Qui sait ? Le temps l’a peut-être plus abîmé que prévu. Elle aurait fait hurler toutes les meutes de loups-garous de Paris, en pardessus de tweed ou pas. La fatigue de ces dernières journées fondait en sa présence. Il alla dans la chambre, se déshabilla avant de s’allonger sur le lit. Lorsqu’elle apparut sur le seuil, quelques secondes d’éternité plus tard, il constata qu’elle avait eu la même idée. La Seine brassait des vagues pourpres.

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