The story of one eventful year in the life of Li-li, a Taiwanese boy living in the Pacific port city of Keelung, 1959-60. Utilizing an experimental mix of narrative and Li-li’s own journal entries, the author indelibly describes a childhood—innocent and reflective—awakening to the forces of Nature and to society at large.
Tung Nien, author, was born in 1950 in Keelung, Taiwan, where his novel Setting Out (1993) and the sequel to it, The Bodhisattva of Pen Yuan Temple (1994), are set. In all, he has published four novels—one of which, Last Winter, has been made into a film—and three collections of stories. He has participated in the International Writing Program at Iowa, and he is, at present, managing director of Linching Book Company, one of Taiwan’s major literary publishers.
Mike O’Connor, translator of Setting Out, spent more than ten years in Chinese studies and work as a journalist in Taiwan. He lives with his wife, Ling-hui, in Port Townsend, Washington. His books of original poems and translations include The Basin: Life in a Chinese Province and The Rainshadow, both from Empty Bowl (Port Townsend); When I Find You Again, It Will Be in Mountains and Colors of Day-break and Dusk, selected poems of Chia Tao (779-843), both from Tangram (Berkeley).