Dian Er is a swan that grew up in a flock of geese. He has a happy family, and a mother that loves him very much. When spring comes, he hears the call of the sky, and Dian Er can't stop himself from beating his wings and soaring off into the sky. But will he be able to leave his loving mother as well as his brothers and sisters behind? The book is a moving description of the conflict between natural instinct and emotions.
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.