Perched over a green-tiled street, streetlamp number eight watches life as it is plays out on the street below, as if with a pair of attentive eyes. Old codgers, dogs, aged women...they come and go, back and forth. The story is like a stage play, with the street light illuminating the vicissitudes of life.
Cao Wenxuan was born in January 1954 in the rural area of Yancheng, where he lived until he was 20. He went to study at Peking University and is now a professor and Ph.D. supervisor of Chinese literature there. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association, and the deputy president of Beijing Writers Association. His main works include House with Thatched Roof, Bronze and Sunflower, Honor of Life, Red Tile and Black Tile,Genniao, and The Boy of Ximi. His academic works include A Study of China’s Literature Trends in the 1980s, The Second World – A Philosophical Interpretation of Literature and Art, Research on Chinese Literature Tendencies in the 1990s, and A Novel Door. Many of his novels and short stories have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean, and other languages. His books won more than 40 national and international awards. He is the Hans Christian Andersen Award Winner in 2016.