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“The Map of Time”

A Novel by Sun Wei

“The Map of Time” tells of the different fates of twelve characters. It is a kind of portrait of a generation in China. From 1989 to 1992, these characters were middle school classmates in Class Two. At that time, they were innocent children and had sincere friendships among each other. But two decades later, in the 2010s, they belonged to totally different social classes, the powerful and the enslaved.

Zhou is the son of a high official. He has become the vice president of a state-owned real estate company. Great power and wealth are in his control.

Dai marries him after graduation. But their relationship is destroyed. While Dai is pregnant, B-scan ultrasonography shows that she is going to have a son. While Dai is delivering the boy, she has a difficult labour and has to have an operation. The situation is very dangerous. The doctor lets Zhou choose who should live, his wife or his son. Zhou chooses his precious son instead of Dai, as if Dai is merely a breeding machine.

Ye is a mistress of Zhou. She is also a former classmate of Class Two. Ye wants to become Zhou’s wife. In addition, she is longing for a kid of her own. However, for the sake of Zhou’s hypocritical public reputation, she has to live in the shadows.

Liang was once as excellent as Zhou at the starting line in Class One. After graduation, he worked harder than Zhou for many years. However, because he was born into a common family, all his efforts were in vain. He did not even have enough money to marry the girl he liked. His construction firm is on the edge of bankruptcy. He has to surrender to his fate. He cringes before Zhou, begging Zhou to place a few orders with his firm.

But Zhou does not even place a single order because Liang does not have enough money to bribe Zhou, like other businessmen do. Zhou sends him to Ye as a servant, ordering him to pay Ye’s bills whenever she wants to eat out. Zhou says, if Ye is satisfied with the service, Liang might still have the opportunity to save his construction firm.

In 2012, other former classmates of Class Two find each other via Chinese Facebook. They plan to build a Home for the Aged for each other. So when they are old, they will be able to stay together and take care of each other, just like the good old days in Class Two. This is an ideal plan which is difficult to put into practice, yet most of the old classmates try to execute the plan. They find land to build the Home and hope Zhou is willing to donate a small amount of national funds to build the house.

However, Zhou wants to take advantage of the plan instead of to help. He plans to seize the land and build a five-star hotel instead of the Home for the Aged. In this way, he will be able to make lots of money from the hotel for himself. Several old classmates join Zhou’s scam and assist him in fooling the others.

In the end, the eleven former classmates face a choice. Who will they serve? Zhou or each other?

 

 

长篇小说《岁月有张凶手的脸》

老同学重聚,建起初中四班微信群,却因此拉开一系列谋杀事件的帷幕。微信群成员逐个死于非命。死亡顺序与当年毕业纪念册上的签名顺序不谋而合。

二十年南柯一梦,这群老同学中,有权势滔天的高管、貌合神离的夫妇、傻白甜的职业二奶、濒临破产的小企业主、行走于俗世的僧人……二十年前,他们是一群对未来充满憧憬的初中生;二十多年后,当被岁月湮没的秘密逐一浮出水面时,他们梦想寻回中学时代的初心,改写命运。

四起汽车连环爆炸案,七名可能的犯罪嫌疑人,五个似是而非的真相,十五天的推理追踪,四十八小时倒计时揭秘……慢吞吞却心思缜密的女刑警,联手颜值爆表的中学英语老师展开调查。被列入嫌疑人名单的,被列入死亡名单的,人人自危。魔都上空的死亡烟花,昭示着每一次谋杀的深意。

如果岁月怀有恶意,如果成长等同于处死曾经的自己。生命最好的选择,是死于青春,还是在衰老中活下去?