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The Stolen Bicycle

Ming-Yi Wu Darryl Sterk

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Text Publishing Company
29 November 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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.

The Stolen Bicycle is both a majestic historical novel and a profound, startlingly intimate meditation on memory, family and home.
By:   Ming-Yi Wu
Translated by:   Darryl Sterk
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781911231240
ISBN 10:   1911231243
Pages:   396
Publication Date:   29 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wu Ming-Yi (Author) Wu Ming-Yi is a Taiwanese writer, painter, designer, photographer, literary professor, butterfly scholar, environmental activist, traveller and blogger. He is the author of the novel Routes in the Dream (2007), as well as a number of non-fiction books and short story collections. The Man with the Compound Eyes is his first novel to be translated into English. Darryl Sterk (Translator) Darryl Sterk has translated numerous short stories from Taiwan for The Chinese Pen Quarterly, and now teaches translation in the Graduate Program in Translation and Interpretation at National Taiwan University.

Reviews for The Stolen Bicycle

Praise for The Man with the Compound Eyes 'Reminiscent of Haruki Murakami, twisting the dreamlike into the curiously credible.' Times Literary Supplement 'We haven't read anything like this novel. Ever. [It is] beautiful, entertaining, frightening, preposterous, true.' Ursula K. Le Guin 'A haunting and evocative tale, beautifully told...this work will be a classic.' Hugh Howey, author of Wool


  • Commended for Publishers Weekly International Hot Book Properties 2015
  • Winner of China Times Open Book Award (Six-time winner, including 2015), Taiwan.
  • Winner of Eslite Bookseller Award for Author of The Year, Taiwan, 2015.
  • Winner of Taiwan Literary Award, Taiwan, 2015.

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