Alai was born in 1959 in Sichuan Province, of Rgyalrong Tibetan descendent. As well as critically acclaimed collections of poetry, short stories, and essays, he has written a number of novels, including Red Poppies: A Novel of Tibet, which was shortlisted for the 2002 Kiriyama Prize. He was also the chief editor of China's largest science-fiction journal, Science Fiction World.
Hollow Mountain tells the story of Ji village, and the events that occurred there between the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1990s. This book is the first part of the trilogy.
As China teetered at the brink of an oncoming era of madness and mass confusion, a child named Gela, a bright
young soul as pure as the driven snow, meets a lonely death. The boy's death is only the beginning of the disaster awaiting Ji village. Several years later, a huge wildfire ignites the forests surrounding the tiny settlement. Amidst the bestial fury of the flames, a web of connected stories emerges...
The author, Alai, deftly weaves together complex themes: the relationships between humanity and nature, the
massive social change that marks the coming of a new epoch for a minority ethnicity, and the excesses of the
Cultural Revolution, which is represented in the novel by a devastating forest fire.
The First Part--Scattered in the Wind 1
The Second Part--Celestial Fire 209
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