Darkness Outside The Night

by Duncan Jepson and Xie Peng

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Darkness Outside The Night
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Darkness Outside The Night is a graphic novel about the struggle to build a life and work in a chaotic, surreal and cruelly unequal society of 1.5 billion that is China. It's not about politics, but rather, about the competition, isolation and anxiety of today's youth, members of the one-child generation.

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A small, child-like creature in a cone hat peers into a toy shop, happy at the sight of a snow globe, in a vignette called "Tininess" in Darkness Outside the Night, a graphic novel illustrated by Xie Peng. Find out what happens in the excerpt below. Xie Peng and Duncan Jepson, with permission to reproduce the panels from Tabella Publishing LLP hide caption

itoggle caption Xie Peng and Duncan Jepson, with permission to reproduce the panels from Tabella Publishing LLP

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"Tininess"

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"Hate"

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Excerpted from Darkness Outside The Night by Duncan Jepson, illustrated by Xie Peng. Copyright 2013 by Duncan Jepson and Xie Peng. Excerpted by permission of Tabella Publishing LLP.