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Critical Praise

"An ingenious, often surreal account of the tensions between ancient tradition and go-go capitalism. [Tel] demonstrates an impressive range of tones, subjects and stratagems…Smart, subtly observed and entertaining."

Kirkus Reviews

"Each vignette, regardless of tone, is imbued with a subtle and playful humour throughout, and also a sense of Chinese history and enjoyable, insightful read."

Time Out Beijing

"The collection, part W.G. Sebald and part Italo Calvino, provides a glimpse for the Western reader into the complicated, vibrant world of Beijing. "

Publishers Weekly