Seven Buttons Author: Qiao Ye Language: Chinese 268pp, 140,000 words count Yilin Press, August 2021 All rights available. Handling territories: World exclude China. 中文信息，請下滑頁面⬇️
- The latest novel by Liu Ye, Lu Xun Literature Award winner.
- Exploring human nature with delicate strokes, a panorama of middle aged life.
- Retrieving enthusiasm for the future from the trivialities of life.
Many have complained that in middle age, the expectations of life are diminished by daily trifles, and that the impassioned idealism of youth has shed its edge due to the complexity of human nature--a common dilemma faced by all human beings. However, the author reveals that after experiencing all, what are kept can be peace and freedom instead of stagnant water. This book is a new collection, which contains seven novels set in seven ordinary occasions in life: bathing an elderly mother, hiking with an old lover, attending a dinner party with an unfamiliar person, and taking a photo with a son who’s about to leave home. The details of life are condensed into memories and conversations, giving immersive experiences of exhaustion, joy and disappointment. Through the author's light brushstrokes, life's flavors unfold their layers between the lips and tongue, allowing people to admit its bitterness, but also taste its mellow, quenching the momentary thirst and anxiety. The middle-aged often feel lonely, and respond with numbness. This book inspires us that there are people in this world who share our loneliness and walk with us on the bumpy road of life.
About the Author
Born in 1972, Qiao Ye grew up in the village of Henan province. She was awarded several heavyweight literary prizes in China, including the Lu Xun Literary Award, Zhuang Chong Literary Award, Chinese Literature Media Award, Beijing Literature Award, People's Literature Award, and Novel Selection Annual Award. Some of her representative works are "The slowest thing is to live", "The confession of guilt", "The book of hidden pearls", and essay collections such as "Waking up late at night" and "Walking away from God", which have been introduced to many countries, including Britain, Spain, Russia, Italy, Egypt, Mexico, Japan, and Korea. Now she holds the post of the vice chairman of Henan Writers' Association and professional writer of Beijing Lao She Literary Institute.
七粒扣 作者：喬葉 簡體中文，268頁，140千字 譯林出版社，2021年8月 可授權：繁體中文
許多人曾感嘆，到了中年，對生活的期待都在日復一日的柴米油鹽中被消減，青年時激昂的理想主義也在見識過人性的複雜後蛻去了鋒芒。這或許是全人類所共同面臨的困境。然而，喬葉告訴我們，閱盡百態之後，我們所保有的可以不是沉潭死水，而可以是安寧與自由。 本書為魯迅文學獎得主喬葉的全新小說集，收錄了七篇小說，以七個人生中十分平凡的場合為背景：給年邁的母親洗澡、和舊日戀人爬山、同不熟悉的人出席飯局、與即將離家的兒子合影等。在敘述中，作者不憚其煩，將生活的細節一一道來，使讀者身臨其境，體驗其中的疲憊、歡喜與悵然。作者常藉回憶與談話展開主人公的過往。藉此，生活的沉重被濃縮進閒談時的茶水，讀這本書，便是通過作者輕盈的筆觸，讓人生百味在唇舌間展開它的層次，讓人承認其苦，亦品味其醇，消解一時的干渴與焦躁。 中年人時常感到孤獨，又以麻木來應對這種孤獨。喬葉的這本書會告訴我們，這世上有許多人共享著我們的孤獨，同行著坎坷的人生之路。