Celia, Misoka, I - Dundurn

Celia, Misoka, I

Published March 2022


A meditation on the meaning of life in an increasingly global world, from acclaimed Chinese-Canadian author Xue Yiwei.

Set in modern-day Montreal, Celia, Misoka, I is the story of a middle-aged Chinese man who has been living in the city for fifteen years. After the death of his wife, he begins to reflect on his past and how he has ended up alone in Canada, a solitary member of the Chinese diaspora. It is in this period of angst and uncertainty, during the most unusual of winters, that he meets two women by Beaver Lake, on Montreal’s Mount Royal. They, too, have their own stories: stories of their own personal plights, which connect present to past, and West to East.

The distinct paths taken by these three characters — Celia, Misoka, and “I” — span continents and decades, but, whether by chance or design, converge in Montreal, like mysterious figures in an ancient Chinese Zen painting. After coming together, the three begin to examine who they are, where they might belong, and how to navigate otherness and identity in a globalized world.




Xue Yiwei

Xue Yiwei has a B.Sc. in computer science, an M.A. in literature, and a Ph.D. in linguistics. He is the acclaimed author of twenty books, including Desertion, Dr. Bethune’s Children, and Shenzheners, as well as The Empty Nest, which topped major literary charts in China. His books have been translated into English, French, and Swedish. He lives in Montreal.

Stephen Nashef

Stephen Nashef was born in Glasgow and lives in Beijing where he works as a data analyst. He translates from Chinese and writes in English, mostly poetry but also fiction and non-fiction. He was recently awarded a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship for Chinese poetry translation.

Book Details

March 2022
5.5x8.5 in
280 pp
March 2022
280 pp
March 2022
280 pp