The Stolen Bicycle Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize


Congratulations to Wu Ming-Yi, whose book The Stolen Bicycle has been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. 

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of thirteen novels in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. Text is thrilled that one of its authors is in the dozen. 

The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi, translated by Darryl Sterk, is both a majestic historical novel and a profound, startlingly intimate meditation on memory, family and home.

A writer embarks on an epic quest in search of his missing father’s stolen bicycle and soon finds himself caught up in the strangely intertwined stories of Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, the soldiers who fought in the jungles of South-East Asia during the Second World War and the secret worlds of the butterfly handicraft makers and antique bicycle fanatics of Taiwan. 

‘A profoundly moving novel...Wu Ming-Yi turns events into linguistic gold with his poetic, dreamlike language.’ Good Reading

 ‘A work of astonishing energy, in which Wu beautifully touches on loss, life and death, fate and destiny, establishing emotional connections between memory and objects, and between the natural world and war…a novel that provides comfort and reconciliation from a wounded past.’ Thinking Taiwan

Read an interview here with Wu Ming-Yi about The Stolen Bicycle in Lindsay Magazine.

The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize will be announced Thursday 12 April.

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