Listen Up: Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight

How do you know if you're really alive? Well, a crow suggests in this beautiful story, you could try cutting your head off: If you die you'll know you were really alive.

Ning lives on a street of ghosts. The street used to be a theme park but the tourists don't come here anymore. They've found new toys to play with. Ning was found there as a baby and given to one of the ghosts to raise. It's a strange place, a strange life.

Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight by Xia Jia
Translated beautifully (I don't know what it would be like to read the original Chinese text, but the translation is beautiful) by Ken Liu.

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