Boat to Redemption reviewed by Yiyun Li

The Boat to Redemption by Su Tong

Yiyun Li on a political fable that works better in English than in the original Chinese

Su Tong, who won last year’s Man Asia literary prize with this novel, was a major voice in the avant garde that dominated the literary scene in China between the mid-1980s and the 1990s. Unlike the previous generation of socialist realists, who had been active participants in political propaganda, and the writers of trauma literature and root-seeking literature, whose work remained in the realm of realism (both schools appeared shortly after the end of the cultural revolution), the writers of the avant garde seemed anxious to ignore literary traditions and values; creating new, provocative styles and experimenting with language were more important to them than the contents of their fiction.Boat to redemption Cover Click here to read more »

Mo Yan spawns fresh controversy

By Shelley W. Chan (China Daily)

Emerging in the mid 1980s as a young experimentalist, Mo Yan is one of the greatest Chinese-language writers today.

While many writers have given up or switched to other professions, Mo continues to surprise and delight readers and critics alike with a new masterpiece every few years.

His 11th novel, Frog (蛙), published in Shanghai last month, is another tour de force, three years after the publication of Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. Click here to read more »



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她前半生戎马中国,后半生寄居海外。她白手起家,还要与失眠做斗争,却成为著名作家。她生活充满传奇色彩,很多人认为她是下一个张爱玲。她就是著名旅美女作家严歌苓。 Click here to read more »

Road to redemption: Su Tong’s literary smash

A look at the the provocative Chinese writer’s Man Asian Prize winner

By Tiffany Lam

Darkly humorous, sharply controversial Chinese novelist Su Tong sealed his reputation as one of the finest wordsmiths on the mainland with a Man Asian Literary prize win for “The Boat of Redemption.”

Raise the Red Lantern


“Raise the Red Lantern,” adapted from Su’s novel “Wives and Concubines,” starred Gong Li Click here to read more »

Su Tong won the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize for 2009

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Peony Literary Agency is delighted to announce that Su Tong has won the 
prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize for 2009.

2009 Man Asian Literary Prize Winner

Man Asian SU Tong

Su Tong was born in 1963 in Suzhou and now lives in Beijing with his family. He is one of China’s most celebrated bestselling authors, shooting to international fame in 1993 when Zhang Yimou’s film of his novella Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for an Oscar. His first short story collection, Madwoman on the Bridge was published by Black Swan in 2008. Translator Howard Goldblatt is Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is the recipient of two translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been awarded the Translation of the Year Prize from the American Literary Translators Association and the Man Asian Literary Prize.  Click here to read more »