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橋の上の子ども

橋の上の子ども
Original work 橋上的孩子
Author Chen Xue
Translator 白水紀子
Publisher 現代企画室
Publication year 2011
   Page 219
Language Japanese
ISBN/ISSN 9784773811155
Source Others
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Hashi No Ue No Kodomo is a story about a girl good at pitching whatever she needs to sell. She has the ability to consign an enticing story to the dullest merchandise. She acquires the skill through a tumultuous childhood, a childhood of her mother constantly trying to make ends meet and of running away from debtors. Eventually, her family went bankrupted and her mother in desperation deserted her. Having to make her own living and to clear the debt, the girl begins her exile from night market to night market and from street fair to street fair. She survives all the hardships and reemerges with her dream of becoming a writer intact. However, she can’t resist the urge of running away, like she has always been doing since she was a child. Yet the further away she runs the more the childhood insolvency haunts her. The trajectory of her escaping takes her to rural areas of Taiwan and as far as to the oversea cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. “Running away has become my instinct,” she would say. That was until she met the one person she loves. She finally decides to associate instead of running away. In this autobiographical novel, Chen Xue tells a story loosely based on her own experiences that reflects on relationship and intimacy.

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