LUO YI JUN

The name Luo Yijun calls to mind a kind of absolute literature that transcends experience and creates experience. Born in Taipei in 1967, Lui Yijun started his writing career in college. He won the National Taiwan Literature Award in 2009 and the Dream of the Red Chamber Award in 2010. At their core, Luo’s works are about urban existence in modern Taipei, but he comes up with his own trajectories out of the concave continuities in a heterogeneity of experiences, video games, rumors, news events, Facebook posts, memories, dreams, letters, and readings. Luo’s polychromatic word-images mesh together to turn out fictional scenes full of complications, innuendos, and goosebump-inducing weirdness, fictional scenes that demand a reconstruction of everything you thought you knew. With his prodigious narrative ability, Luo has pioneered a uniquely fictional space-time that makes him one of the most original writer in Taiwan. Although Luo as a storyteller is a wildman, the man himself is humble: he claims that unlike those of his father’s generation, whose lives were filled with stories, he was born into an era of “experience deficiency.
Luo compares himself to Aesop’s crow in borrowed feathers. When God held a contest to find the most beautiful bird, a dazzling five-color bird stood out from the others, caught His eye and was crowned champion. However, upon closer scrutiny, the other contestants, including a peacock, a flamingo, a nightingale, a blue magpie, and an owl found their feathers among the plumage of the five-color bird. Incensed, they rushed toward it and retrieved their feathers. The five-color bird is humiliatingly exposed as a black crow. “Spencer Tunick (a nude photographer who appears as a character in Luo Yijun’s Xixia Lüguan or Xixia Inn) says this is my story. Sometimes people can’t tell when I’m writing from my own experience and when I’m borrowing from others. Like the crow that used borrowed feathers to reinvent itself in a dazzling new form, I borrow stories from others that I find magical and enthralling.” (Notes of an Experience Deficient Man). What the crow does not know is that it represents the origin of art, because art has always come from the cultivation of craftsmanship, never from inborn nature. A peacock is born to be a peacock, a flamingo to be a flamingo. Their appearances are merely God’s gift, a fulfillment of the nature they have been given. ”READ MORE


READINGS

US

Family of the Moon

The Third Dancer

Daughter

Red Character Group

My Future Second Son’s Memories of Me

Xixia Inn〈God’s Play〉
Xixia Inn〈Railway〉
Xixia Inn〈That evening〉

WORKS

Daughter

Daughter , Ink, 2014 《女兒》(印刻,2014)
Book of Face

Book of Face , Ink, 2012     《臉之書》(印刻,2012)
Xixia Inn

Xixia Inn , Ink, 2008 《西夏旅館》上下冊(印刻,2008)
Notes of an Experience Deficient Man

Notes of an Experience Deficient Man , Ink, 2006 《經驗匱乏者筆記》(印刻,2006)
I Love Luo,

I Love Luo , Ink, 2006 《我愛羅》(印刻,2006)
My Future Second Son’s Memories of Me

My Future Second Son’s Memories of Me , Ink, 2005 《我未來次子關於我的回憶》(印刻,2005)
Born Into the Twelfth Sign

Born Into the Twelfth Sign , Ink, 2005 《降生十二星座》(印刻,2005) 實為新版之《我們自夜闇的酒館離開》,二書除序文外,內容相同。
Us

Us , Ink, 2004 《我們》(印刻,2004)
In the Distance

In the Distance , Ink, 2003 《遠方》(印刻,2003)
Banishing Mourning

Banishing Mourning , Ryefield, 2001 《遺悲懷》(麥田出版,2001)
Family of the Moon

Family of the Moon , United Daily News, 2000 《月球姓氏》(聯合文學,2000)
The Third Dancer

The Third Dancer , United Daily News, 1999 《第三個舞者》(聯合文學,1999)
Wife Dreams Dog

Wife Dreams Dog , Yuan Liou, 1998 《妻夢狗》(遠流出版公司,1998)
We Left a Tavern That Was Dark At Night

We Left a Tavern That Was Dark At Night , Crown, 1993 《我們自夜闇的酒館離開》(皇冠文化,1993)
Red Character Group

Red Character Group , United Daily News, 1993 《紅字團》(聯合文學,1993)

ABOUT

The Luo Yijun Digital Exhibition was established in 2016, the brain-child of Professor Lee Yulin, Director of the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at National Chung Hsing University and Professor Chen Kuowei from the Institute of Taiwanese Literature. The website itself was created by a team from National Chung Hsing University. As indicated by the name, the website features Luo Yijun, showcasing the author, his work, and his life in a variety of different ways: you will find an interactive timeline of major events in his career, manuscripts, a list of his publications, the author’s reading notes, and bibliography. It is our hope to promote Taiwanese literature by presenting the writer, his writings, and related materials in digital format.

The digital team at National Chung Hsing University is grateful to Luo Yijun for allowing us to use his manuscripts, excerpts from his publications, pictures, and other such material. We also thank all who were involved in the creation of this digital exhibition. The copyright, ownership, and intellectual property rights of all content on this website, including text, pictures, and all audio-visual materials are either owned by the National Chung Hsing University Humanities and Social Sciences Research Center or used by permission from Luo Yijun. All rights are reserved; any unauthorized use is prohibited and offenders will be prosecuted. Unauthorized use includes but is not limited to downloading the content, revision, alterations, distribution, derivative work, and public dissemination.