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Pun Kwok Ling

Writopia and the Spell of Disappearance By Evangeline Man Pun Kwok Ling’s novel Writopia and the Spell of Disappearance, published in July, examines the writing of literature in the contemporary world. A love letter to literature, it is reminiscent of Écrire (“Writing”) by French writer Marguerite Duras. The story moves between two worlds: Writopia, a land withdrawn from reality, which consists of a nursing home filled with characters, archetypes and scenes; and Sand City, a real-world extension of writer Xi Xi’s Floating City that has been eroded by the expansion of capitalism, and that was once inhabited by the writer, the male Yau Yau, and the editor, the female Yau Yau, with the male Yau Yau eventually disappearing. The two worlds run in parallel, but are interlinked and involved, and converse with each other. Writopia exists as an alternate universe of the writing community of Sand City. The fictional and the real spaces oscillate and overlap to create a unique allegory. Writopia is also the mental projection of the female Yau Yau’s interpretation of the real Sand City. She is led into Writopia …