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An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade's ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.
YU Hua is a prominent Chinese author, born April 3, 1960 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. He grew up during the Cultural Revolution and many of his stories and novels are marked by this experience. One of the distinctive characteristics of his work is his penchant for detailed descriptions of brutal violence. YU Hua's awards and honors include: Grinzane Cavour Prize(1998), James Joyce Award(2002, the first Chinese writer to receive this award), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France(2004), Giuseppe Acerbi Literary International Prize (2014) and Prix Courrier International (2008).