Q&A with Tom Teng

Pity poor insurance salesman Liang: he costs his company more in salary than he rings up in sales, and despite several imaginative attempts to off himself, he fails. But thanks to an agent of fate (masquerading, of course, as a cockroach), he finds Yukio Mishima’s 1968 “psychedelic adventure” novel “Life for Sale” and is inspired to offer his own on the Internet. Before he knows it, he’s in big demand… but death continues to elude him. As Liang encounters evermore strange and powerful clients, his newfound lack of fear leads him in daring directions. With each audacious exploit, this absurdist noir comedy grows increasingly extravagant, gruesome, even heart-stopping, but never ceases to surprise.

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