Brothers, 2008 Shortlist
Yu Hua was born in 1960 in Zhejiang, China. He has published four novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. In 2002 Yu Hua became the first Chinese writer to win the prestigious James Joyce Foundation Award. His novel To Live was awarded the Premio Grinzane Cavour (1998) and novel was adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. To Live and Chronicle of a Blood Merchant were named two of the last decade’s ten most influential books in China. Yu Hua lives in Beijing.
Brothers is a big, spirited comedy of society running amok in modern China. Song Gang and Baldy Li are very different, though united in their love of the beautiful Lin Hong, and as their fortunes rise and fall over the decades, Yu Hua paints an extraordinary portrait of modern China through the eyes of these two brothers.
Eileen Cheng-yin Chow & Carlos Rojas