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Written and illustrated by Xiong Liang
Book design by Yang Linqing
Edited by Meridian时差
Published by New Star Press (2015/11)
Produced by Meridian时差 & Unread
Hardcover
Language: Simplified Chinese
ISBN: 978-7-5133-1921-8

Tales of Darkness

by Xiong Liang / Nov. 2015

“There are shadows we must explore. The question of truth or legend is unimportant. We must face the terror and the misery that hide within our hearts. To reach enlightenment, and faith—goodwill is a source of miracles.”

Tales of Darkness (《寻暗集》) is a collection of ghost stories written and illustrated by Xiong Liang (熊亮), adapted from three traditional folk plays: “Mulian Saving His Mother”; “The Ghost Mother”; and “The Tale of the Black Basin.” Each of these stories is steeped in Buddhist folklore, and masterfully rendered in Xiong Liang’s trademark ink painting style.

In this book, the reader is led through a journey of nearly eighty pages into the heart of Xiong Liang’s “dark aesthetics,” following the thread of tales full of absurdity, madness, and uncanny metaphors. As for Yang Linqing’s innovative book design, it offers three different reading experiences, each more soul-stirring than the other — drawing the explorer ever deeper along these paths of darkness, and vividly bringing to life three fascinating tales of the netherworld.

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Written and illustrated by Xiong Liang
Complementary texts by Dong Mei
Edited by Meridian时差
Published by New Star Press (2015/01)
Hardcover
Language: Simplified Chinese
ISBN: 978-7-5133-1667-5

The Solar Terms

by Xiong Liang / Jan. 2015

This ancestral story revolves around an idea at the heart of Chinese civilization: that of the solar terms. According to this notion, which goes back to times immemorial, the lunar year is divided into 24 periods of time, within which the earth undergoes a series of significant changes. It stands as a significant example of China’s traditional philosophy, according to which man is at one with nature — not above nor below.

Accordingly, the main character of this book is none other than the earth itself, personified as an adorable little figure of clay, from the time it wakes from its winter slumber until the time it goes to sleep again.

It is a tribute to Xiong Liang’s mastery of traditional Chinese ink painting that his subtle art will capture the imagination of the youngest readers, while also remaining a source of wonder and inspiration in the eyes of their elders.

This book was originally a part of the collection Fairy Tales of the World, but was later republished as a stand-alone volume.

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Text and photos by Zhang Xiangdong
Edited by Meridian时差
Published by New Star Press (2014/06)
Hardcover
Language: Simplified Chinese
ISBN: 978-7-5133-1509-8

Flying for a Moment

by Zhang Xiangdong / June 2014

Flying for a Moment (《短暂飞行》) is a collection of essays by Zhang Xiangdong (张向东), in which he reflects on his experience as a creative entrepreneur, and especially on the long and thought-provoking bicycle travels he has accomplished around five continents.

Since the day he was offered his very first bike as a boy, Zhang has traveled some of the world’s most beautiful routes, on five continents. Beyond mere excursions, these journeys were also occasions to reflect on many lessons he received from life and his career as an entrepreneur.

This is a collection of stimulating meditations from one of China’s leading internet visionaries.

Zhang Xiangdong was born in 1977 in Shaanxi province. He attended Beijing University then founded Sungy Mobile, a digital content company which ten years later became listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. He is also one of the foremost proponents of cycling culture in China, as well as the author of the books My Cellphone and A Dialogue of Entrepreneurs.

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Written and illustrated by various authors
Edited by Meridian时差
Published by New Star Press (2013/10)
Hardcover
Language: English & Simplified Chinese
ISBN: 9-787-5133-1349-0

Fairy Tales of the World

Anthology / Oct. 2013

Through the lense of folklore, understand the essential cultural traits of a country.

Fairy Tales of the World is a collection of ten picture books for children, written and illustrated by authors from ten different countries of the world, and published by New Star Press in a bilingual edition.

Over the course of three years of time, this project involved the work of 50 people, an extraordinary talent hunt through 15 countries and in seven languages — as well as countless hours of dialogue, creation, translation and editing, to finally obtain this wonderful series of picture books.

Meridian is proud to present works by remarkable authors hailing from China, Hungary, Korea, Peru, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.