A story within one day – from 5 a. m. to 5 p. m.
A vivid picture of secular life in Beijing.
Winner of Mao Dun Literature Prize.
Everything begins in an archaic quadrangle dwelling in Beijing, where Xue Jiyue’s mother gets up early to prepare for the son’s wedding banquet.Other characters show up one after another. After narrating their behaviors during the day, the author goes back and tells about their past, with a special concern about the inﬂuences from vicissitudes of time, especially how the Cultural Revolution changed those individuals’ courses of life.The Bell Tower and Drum Tower stand there still, witnessing all of those earthshaking changes.
English rights sold.
Liu Xinwu is one of China’s most prominent contemporary writers. Born in Chengdu, he spent his childhood in Chongqing and later moved to Beijing. He previously worked as a middle school teacher, an editor at Beijing Publishing House, and chief editor of renowned literary magazine People’s Literature. His short story The Class Teacher was one of the earliest examples of Scar Literature – a literary movement that reflected on the Cultural Revolution and its
influence. His novels The Bell Tower and Drum Tower and Archways on the Old Street won the Mao Dun Literature Prize and the Shanghai Literature Award for Best Novel respectively. Liu Xinwu’s work has been translated into many languages including French, Japanese, German, Russian, Italian,
Korean, Swedish, Czech and Hebrew, to considerable critical acclaim.