Sixty-Four Chance Pieces


Sixty-Four Chance Pieces is a novel of sorts that puts the I Ching 易經, or Chinese Book of Changes, to work as a literature machine to generate new stories and new possibilities.

I started out on this project some time around 2005, and over the years it has grown into something of an obsession. Each of the sixty-four chapters of the book draws on a chapter of the Chinese text, and combines storytelling, travel writing and often wayward philosophical reflections as it traces the three thousand year-old intrigue of the I Ching.

Sixty-Four Chance Pieces was launched in March at the Bookworm Literary Festival — China’s biggest English language literature festival — with events in English and Chinese in Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou and Ningbo.

The book is now available worldwide in paperback and ebook formats.

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