Peony Literary Agency

A Yi






A Yi is based in Beijing. He graduated from the Police Academy and became a police officer. Peony represents A Yi for his crime novel, A Perfect Crime. It is very much an insider’s book: an authentic evocation of the rhythms of small-town Chinese life and speech, from pool halls to police stations; part murder story, part exposé of contemporary China’s moral crisis. Stylistically, though, the book goes far beyond flat, documentary realism. The novel is rich in literary echoes: Dostoyevskiean insights into the criminal mind, Camus’ nihilism, Kafka’s bureaucratic absurdism, Banville’s predilection for conceited, motiveless murderers.

A Yi's short stories have been published in Granta, the Guardian

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