"Julia Lovell and Penguin have done Chinese modern literature a great service in bringing this passionate, witty and bleakly nostalgic work to what one hopes will be a wider audience. Lovell's introduction is excellent." —The Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Julia Lovell (translator) teaches modern Chinese history and literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her translations include Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang, Serve the People by Yan Lianke, and I Love Dollars by Zhu Wen.
Yiyun Li (afterword), one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists Under 35 and one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” best fiction writers, is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. Born in Beijing, she lives in Oakland, California.