The Book of Shanghai: A City in Short Fiction gathers ten of the most interesting and brilliant voices of the Chinese literary world based out of Shanghai, paying homage to the giant city, not a mere background but often the star of the stories. The futuristic novella, written, in part, with the aid of artificial intelligence and which speaks of a dystopic reality, State of Trance by Chen Qiufan - science fiction writer born in 1981 - is marked by a style with its root in reality, with realistic descriptions of the daily life of those who live on the lilong - the traditional lateral streets of the city - and there’s also Ah Fang’s Lamp by Wang Anyi, affirmed writer and author of a classic like The Song of Eternal Regret. The stories contribute to creating a conceptual and topographical map of the city, not only featuring the better-known sites of the city, but also hidden corners to be discovered and experienced, allowing yourself to be transported in a dimension of constant flux between the past, present and future, distinguishing Shanghai from every other Chinese city. To be read while awaiting to return for a stroll down the lilong or a gaze up at the skyscrapers - places which, while differing greatly, are equally charged with humanity and the contradictions that typify this city which still has so many stories to tell.
The artist creates new paths within a visual language endowed with a powerful tactile quality.