Original work 私家偵探
Author Chi Wei-Jan
Translator Emmanuelle Péchenart
Publisher Calmann-Lévy
Publication year 2019
   Page 458
Language French
ISBN/ISSN 978-2702160596
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     Chi Wei-Jan (born 1954) is a playwright, drama scholar, and emeritus professor in the National Taiwan University Department of Drama and Theatre, and he holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature from University of Iowa. His primary creative work is stage screenplays and drama exposition. He also has written several essay collections.
     Private Eyes is Chi Wei-Jan’s first novel. The main protagonist, Wu Cheng, is a university drama professor and famous playwright. Due to being fed up and discontented with his institution and the whole theater scene, as well as feeling helpless in his life in general, he resigns from the school, breaks away from the theater, and abandons his family, hiding in an alcove of the city and becoming a private detective. As Wu Cheng shuttles back and forth between Taiwan daily life and various colorful characters, Chi Wei-Jan is able to criticize the apathy and chaos of actual society with incisive brushstrokes. Through the process of detective reasoning, he unlocks his inner self and probes the meaning of life, finding a means of survival in the midst of his difficulties. To date, this book has been translated into French, Italian, Turkish, and Korean.

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