Cover

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Title and Copyright

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pp. i-vi

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Part One

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pp. 3-134

One windy afternoon, an old man with a face filled with misery quietly closed a bamboo gate, tossed a final glance at the house fenced in behind it, turned . . . and, in brisk strides, left. He walked straight ahead without looking back, all the way to the end of the alley, and disappeared...

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Part Two

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pp. 135-186

Darkness wrapped round about him. Looking in through the gaps of the bamboo fence, he saw one dim light inside the house. It was the light in the front hallway, the only light left on. The rest of the dark hallway was covered up by the shabby old curtains that had been drawn almost...

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Part Three

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pp. 187-258

He was on the train going South. A notice had come from a shelter in T’aichung two days ago with the description of an old man who had recently arrived there, a man without an ID, who had lost his sight in both eyes, and was unable to speak – most likely the result of a stroke...

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About the Author

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p. 259

Wang Wen-hsing was born in Fujian in 1939 and grew up in Taiwan. He received his B.A. from the National Taiwan University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa; he is currently a professor in the National Taiwan...