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Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang, Ken Liu


Hao Jingfang, Ken Liu

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Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 14 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781786696502

AD 2201: Earth and the colonies of Mars attempt a reconciliation after a century-long Cold War. Can two mutually antagonistic cultures forget the past and embrace the future?

4 stars out of 5
15 May 2020

"In a leisurely, discursive narrative Hao spins a fascinating and even-handed examination of two very different possible futures"

 The year is 2201, and following a war of independence Mars and Earth are locked in an uneasy detente. Earth is an ultra-capitalist, dog-eat-dog society, Mars a socialist utopia where art flourishes without the constraint of market forces. Five years before the novel opens, 20 students were sent from Mars to Earth as part of a cultural exchange, and now they are returning. Dancer Luoying ponders the relative merits of the two societies: she must not only decide where her loyalties lie, but navigate a personal and political minefield.