Peter Scott

Peter Scott on Four First Novels

  • Yiyun Li, 
  • Saul David, 
  • Gil Adamson, 
  • Patrick deWitt

Yiyun Li’s exceptional debut novel, The Vagrants, lays bare the costs of China’s rise to superpower status and the ideological inconsistencies at its core. The vagrants of the title are both physical – itinerants of different shapes and stripes whose town, Muddy River, is less a home and more a place in which to live for a time – and abstract, in the form of freedoms, hope, opinions and trust, which flicker into existence only to move on or change shape. 

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