San Mao (1943-1991) enjoys a special place in Chinese language literature. She traveled the world during an era of relatively limited freedoms and introduced her readers to expansive new horizons and possibilities. Her lucidly animated Stories of the Sahara is a now a classic of the modern “vagrant literature” genre. Generations have been drawn to her fervid passions and singular perspective on life and the human condition.
The National Museum of Taiwan Literature is pleased on the 20th anniversary of San Mao’s death to present Olive Tree Dreams: Remembering San Mao. We designed this exhibit both to pay deserved tribute to this Taiwan author and reintroduce readers to her important legacy. Whether or not you are already familiar with San Mao’s works, we welcome you via original manuscripts, personal effects and travel journals to experience her free and generous spirit and the depth and sincerity of her creative work.