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Shadow of the Hunter

A novel by


Su Tong, much-beloved author of Raise the Red Lantern, returns with a Man Asia Prize-winning novel of moral dilemma and depravity in newly-capitalist 1980s China

‘Su is a master of implication... - The Guardian

‘His strokes are restrained but merciless. (Su Tong) is a true literary talent’ - Anchee Min, author of Red Azalea

The painterly quality of Tong’s words is striking’ – The Times

Prey, Predator, Predator, Prey.

On this street, the hunters are also the hunted.

The people of China tell of an ancient tale, where the mantis hunts the cicada, unaware of the yellow bird behind him. In a small corner of her many cities, a random act of violence sets off a spinning top, entwining the lives of three people.

Baorun, the compulsive bondage expert, is forever aided and abetted by Liu Sheng, a brash troublemaker, to indulge in his obsessions; and the lady Fairy Princess, ever youthful, becomes the target of the pair's escalating antics.

As the years pass, many things begin to change, but in the dysfunctional world of a mental hospital at the end of Red Toon Street, just who is prey, and who is predator?

Often insightful and occasionally unsettling, Shadow of the Hunter is a memorable tale concerned with guilt, injustice, madness and the struggle not to lose one’s soul to history. It is one of Su Tong’s most acclaimed works, now available in English for the first time.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2020 : UK Hardback

Title: Shadow of the Hunter: A Novel
Author(s): Tong Su
ISBN: 1-83890-505-7 / 978-1-83890-505-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ACA Publishing Ltd
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Paperback Editions

2020 : UK Paperback

Author(s): SU TONG
ISBN: 1-910760-87-0 / 978-1-910760-87-1 (UK edition)
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Shadow of the Hunter
Author(s): Su Tong
Publisher: Sinoist Books
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