"This was not quite like anything I’ve ever read. The Man with the Compound Eyes is a curious mix of myth, oral history, and hard science, environmental and personal tragedy being the glue that holds everything together. Though the blending is occasionally jarring, it never feels forced—just discomfiting. The story as a whole is eerily captivating."
When a tsunami sends a massive island made of trash crashing into the coast of Taiwan, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical country and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united in ways they never could have imagined. Intertwined with the story of their burgeoning friendship are the lives of others affected by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples—and, of course, the mysterious man with the compound eyes. A work of lyrical beauty that combines fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga, here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan.