Launch of the new Rivages/imaginaire collection with this first Chinese novel. A phenomenon novel published in fourteen territories. An ecological novel inspired by the Guiyu landfill in China, where the world’s largest electronic waste recycling center is located, an area that the United Nations has called an “environmental calamity. A novel of anticipation that combines realism with allegory to present the hybridity of humans and machines. Translated by Ken Liu into English and Gwennaël Gaffric into French, both of whom have made Liu Cixin known in the West. Chen Qiufan is the author of thirty short stories and a novel.