The Kingdom of Surfaces by Sally Wen Mao

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Sally Wen Mao's evocative collection intertwines centuries of Chinese art and craftsmanship with the haunting reality of fetishization and xenophobia faced by Chinese people today. With delicate yet incisive language, Mao fearlessly interrogates the commodification of China and its aesthetics, using objects like silk and porcelain to expose the dual nature of beauty and violence. She unapologetically challenges Western imperialism's historical exploitation, infusing her dreamlike poetry with an undercurrent of righteous indignation. This collection's elegant eloquence veils a smoldering rage.

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ISBN: 9781644452370
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 1st, 2023