The Membranes (Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan) (Paperback)

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By Ari Larissa Heinrich (Translator), Ta-Wei Chi
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Arguably the first work of modern fiction in Chinese to feature a transgender protagonist, The Membranes presents a searing future in which the planet's surface is so hot as to be uninhabitable, forcing humanity to 'migrate' to (ie. colonize) the bottom fo the ocean. We’re still a warmongering, profit-starved, app-addled, climate-havocked military state in Chi's vision of the future, but it's not all so bleak. The Membranes is somehow still an illuminating novel about the importance of touch and familial bonds, with a Matrix-worthy plot twist of astonishing intimacy.

— From Spencer R.

About the Author


Chi Ta-wei is a renowned writer and scholar from Taiwan. Chi's scholarly work focuses on LGBT studies, disability studies, and Sinophone literary history, while his award-winning creative writing ranges from science fiction to queer short stories. He is an associate professor of Taiwanese literature at the National Chengchi University. Ari Larissa Heinrich is a professor of Chinese literature and media at the Australian National University. They are the author of Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body (2018) and other books, and the translator of Qiu Miaojin's novel Last Words from Montmartre (2014).


Product Details
ISBN: 9780231195713
ISBN-10: 0231195710
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 168
Language: English
Series: Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan