© Columbia University Press
Paper, 200 pages, 0
East Slope Publishing Ltd. (Muse, Hong Kong)
Relentless urbanization and the outrageous disparity between rich and poor have confined three lonely men, wildly different in personality and with ages spanning three decades, in a 400 square-foot flat in an unnamed Chinese city. A dispute regarding toilet etiquette sets off a series of ridiculous conflicts among the three flatmates.
Created by Hunan-born playwright Simon Wang, who is both a witness to, and victim of, China’s rapid city development, Blast looks at alienation in confined urban living space with a keen sense of humor. Blast was commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival.