Ghost Cities – inspired by the vacant, uninhabited megacities of China – follows multiple narratives, including one in which a young man named Xiang is fired from his job as a translator at Sydney’s Chinese Consulate after it is discovered he doesn’t speak a word of Chinese. Gradually we learn how his relocation to one such ghost city is connected to a parallel odyssey in which an ancient Emperor creates a thousand doubles of Himself, a mountain gains sentience, and a tale in which every book in the known Empire is destroyed – then recreated – all in the name of love and art.
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Siang Lu is an award-winning author. His writing has appeared in Pedestrian, Southerly and Westerly. Siang’s debut novel The Whitewash won the Glendower Award and ABIA Audiobook of the Year Award and was shortlisted at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
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