The Performer is a collection of short stories written by Lu Yin Yin in the last five years (2018-2023). This book deals with the question: How do I become me? It points to the past, but also to the future, the same person, can penetrate the ordinary life, not be bound by the inertia of the mold, find themselves, establish themselves, put down their own, become a real person?
The man who wants to be a real person, travels through twelve stories, receives the onslaught of life and the torrential rain of others. In Mother Says, her mother threatens her in the name of love, trying to make her look like something she is not. In "Andy the Monkey," open hearts are closed; In "Cards," he can't accept that he's just a human being; In "The Performer," he fails to see the seeming performability in others; In "Kim," she suffers the crushing force of a powerful personality; In The Basement, she confronts the loss that something she loves will crumble to dust...
These novels seem to look at everyday life and write about the ordinary people who inhabit it, but they do not simply reproduce reality. With unique sensibility and imagination, the author dives into the depths of the unconscious and gives shape to the ineffable things that are obscure and rarely described - emotions, spirits, and atmospheres. She wants to press the button that exists in everyone, asking herself and the reader, how to change? How to convert? How to be a real person?
About the author
Lu Yinyin, born in Shanghai in 1983, graduated from the Journalism Department of East China Normal University. She has worked in media and non-profit arts organizations and now writes independently. The novel won the 26th United Literature Novel Newcomer Award and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2020. In 2018, he published his short story collection Typhoon Day.