New paperback. No remainder mark. Bottom front cover corner has a very
light crease mark. ; 0.8 x 7.7 x 5.2 Inches; 255 pages; Twenty essays
about Bei Dao's life in exile since Tiananmen Square.
"Knowledge of death is the only key that can open midnight's
Bei Dao has gained international acclaim over
the last decade for his haunting interior poetic landscapes; his poetry is
translated and published in some twenty-five languages around the world.
Now, in Midnight's Gate, Bei Dao redefines the essay form with the
same elliptical precision of his poetry, but with an openness and humor
that complements the complexity of his poems.
The twenty essays of
Midnight's Gate form a travelogue of a poet who has lived in some
seven countries since his exile from China in 1989. The work carries us
from Palestine to Sacramento. At one point we are led into a basement in
Paris for a production of Gorky's Lower Depths, the next moment we
are in the mountains of China where Bei Dao worked for eleven years as a
concrete mixer and ironworker. The subjective experience deepens and
multiplies in these essays, filled with the stories of ordinary Chinese
immigrants, as well as those of literary, artistic, and political figures.
And it all coheres with a poet's observations, meditations, and memories.