Three Sisters, 2010 Winner
Translated by Howard Goldblatt & Sylvia Li-chun Lin
Bi Feiyu is one of the most respected authors and screenwriters in China today. He was born in 1964 in Xinghua, in the province of Jiangsu. A journalist and a poet as well as a novelist, he has been awarded a number of literary prizes, including the prestigious Lu Xun prize. He co-wrote the film Shanghai Triad, which was directed by internationally renowned director Zhang Yimou. His first novel is the critically acclaimed Moon Opera.
Three Sisters begins with the birth of the Wang family’s eighth child, a long sought-after boy. But the stars of this novel are not boys, but women—three of Little Eight’s sisters. From the petty treachery of the village to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution to the harried pace of city life, these three women strive to change the course of their destinies as they battle against an infinite ocean of people, in a China that does not truly belong to them. Three Sisters is an irreplaceable portrait of contemporary Chinese culture— of lives unknown, but immediately familiar.
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