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November 04, 2019
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dairy, Fringe

The Looming Shadow of Dystopia 反烏托邦的陰霾

With the support of the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong


The towering piles of e-waste in Chen Qiufan’s Waste Tide. The chilling, twisted reality of near-future Britain, warped by climate change and polarized politics, in John Lanchester’s The Wall. The bleak world of Gilead—minimally coloured but for the bright dresses of the women—in Renee Nault’s graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Join Chen, Lanchester and Nault for a conversation about dystopian worlds in both literature and real life. This session is moderated by the University of Hong Kong’s Professor of English Literature Dr. Jessica Valdez.

本節目的作者們均創作了一些難以置信卻又異常真實的反烏托邦社會:陳楸帆的著作《荒潮》中堆滿電子垃圾山的矽島、John Lanchester《The Wall》中受氣候變暖和極端政治影響的英國、Renee Nault改編的《使女的故事》漫畫小說中名為吉利德的一片灰暗的荒涼世界。三位作家將同台討論「文學」與「現實」世界中反烏托邦的異同。本節目由香港大學英國文學系教授Dr. Jessica Valdez主持。


Opening act by Jocelyn Li 

This session will be opened by local writer Jocelyn Li, a local Hongkonger and native Cantonese speaker who writes poems in English.

本地詩人Jocelyn Li 將為大家現場朗誦美妙詩歌為節目開場。Li是土生土長的香港人,曾在香港大學修讀政治和社會學,閒時喜歡寫作詩歌和短篇紀實文學。

Featuring (click on author names to read more)

Chen Qiufan (a.k.a. Stanley Chan) is an award-winning Chinese speculative fiction author. His works include the novel, Waste Tide, and, co-authored with Kai-Fu Lee, the book AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future.

John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962.

Renée Nault is a Canadian artist, illustrator, and graphic novelist.