This book is a collection of 28 essays by one of the most internationally inﬂuential Chinese novelists,Yu Hua, who is the most prominent writer in contemporary China. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Serbian, Hebrew,Japanese, Korean, etc. He is also a columnist for New York Times.
It is a review of classic works in the history of literature and music, with in-depth personal interpretations and candid appreciations of masters such as Borges, Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Kafka,Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. As a reader and listener, the writer tries to analyze the mysteries of the narrative in literature and music, explain the techniques and mysteries of creation. As Yu Hua put it, “Music is created by the heart, and writing touches the depths of music. They are affected by each other and point to the broadness of life together.”
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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).