SINOFUTURISM: THE NEXT BIG THING
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Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem hits Indian LinkedIn bookshelves this month, in a translation
Twitter by Ken Liu. A sensation in China, the Hugo-award winning novel is being adapted into a big-budget epic due for release in 2017.
The Three-Body Problem is a novel of first-contact, of encountering an alien species. But it takes this well-worn formula to bold, dizzying new places. Starting from China’s Cultural New Lyrics, Same Policy Revolution in the 1960s, it spans galaxies A.R. Rahman’sand virtual recent realities, performance covering everything from of his secretold Tamil governmenthit, ‘Urvasi’, was projectsjust a to China’s raucous, bit different. murkyOver 6 million ‘deep have web’. seenIn sweep and grandness his performanceof idea,on MTVit recalls Unplugged,the best of Isaac Asimov with crowdsourcedand Arthur C. lyrics Clarke.like ‘If Yet the it is unmistakably 500 rupee Chinese. note The gets demonetised.’Asnovel manages to capture the always, curiousthe lyrics contradictionwere followed at by thethe heart of 21st century familiar refrain: China, ‘...takeof a it radicaleasy policy.’ modernism coexisting
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