This is the first of my China-centric fiction that I will be sharing.
The Ghost of Lotus Mountain Brothel is a historical novella that purports to be a diary of a working girl in the year 1911, a most auspicious year in Chinese history. It serves as a prelude of sorts to my more epic story South China Morning Blues, about the modern Pearl River Delta megalopolis of the surrounding Hong Kong area (and more of that to come, but for now let this work stand on its own).
I feel that in many ways the China of the early 20th century is strikingly similar to the China of today. Political upheaval was on everyone’s minds. International businessmen were taking over, and exploiting the locals. Everyone wanted to learn English. Times were changing fast, the future was uncertain. Modernization, and the price thereof.
The “Ghost” that is mentioned in the title is the ghost of modernity, haunting us all. Without giving away too much, let me just say that there is a mystery and it is never fully revealed. It is for you to interpret as you will.
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