"If I had been Taiwanese, I probably would have thrown in front of me the big wooden propitiatory beans, the boa-bue, three times to see if all these gods world approved of my amazing adventure. "
A researcher based in Taiwan is confronted with the discovery of a funerary tablet in an abandoned house. His life and consciousness are upset: spirits and ghosts of Taiwan and China visit him, surround it and testify to their history. This short book is the first of a new collection entitled Liminaires: a collection of literary texts evocating a geographical and cultural elsewhere. The diversity of experience here gives voice to the intimate ways of engaging in a sensitive narrative, narrative of the other and self-revealing.
“... Stéphane Corcuff surprises us with his ability to romanticize his experience, while remaining faithful to reality. We devour Une Tablette aux ancêtres as we read a story, with a narration that avoids the overload of details, the number one danger of this kind of exercise. It is a success, therefore, which does not forget to get to the end of its subject, ... "
Stéphane Corcuff (born in Brest in 1971) obtained his doctorate in 2000 from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. A teacher-researcher specializing in the Chinese world, he particularly studies Taiwan - where he lived for long periods - from the perspective of the identity dynamics of its margins, its geopolitical history and its political recomposition. Director of the Taipei Branch of CEFC 2013 to 2017, he is a member of the editorial board of "China Perspectives".