YU HUA is the author of five novels, six story collections, and four essay collections. He has also contributed op-ed pieces to The New York Times. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the recipient of many awards, including the James Joyce Award, France's Prix Courrier International, and Italy's Premio Grinzane Cavour. He lives in Beijing.
"Immensely moving. . . . Artfully constructed, beautifully written, and stealthily consuming-[it] repeatedly stops you in your tracks." -The Boston Globe
"A rare achievement in literature. . . . [Xu Sanguan is] a
character that reflects not just a generation but the soul of a
people." -The Seattle Times "Epic . . . offer[s]
unforgettable images of cruelty and kindness." -The Washington
Post Book World "Stringently honest. . . . Eerily prescient. .
. . Leavened by a touch of Chekhovian compassion." -Time
Asia "Vital and electric. . . . Shows the persistence of human
sensibility in the face of totalitarian logic." -Slate
"A wrenching and blackly humorous tale. Long after I closed the book, the character Xu Sanguan has remained stubbornly impressed upon my heart." -Dai Sijie, author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
"Popular literature at its best. . . . Touching. . . . Realistic and awash with humanistic values. . . . It's its own best advertisement, as well as a depiction of the absurdist nightmare that was China 50 years ago." -Taipei Times "A mesmerizing book, one that captures the chaos and fragility of life during modern China's most turbulent years. Yu Hua's characters bring to life the history, culture, traditions, and superstitions of Mao's China within a story that is well-plotted, poignant, and dramatic. This examination of a Chinese family's will to survive will leave readers filled with inspiration." -Terrence Cheng, author of Sons of Heaven
"Chronicle of a Blood Merchant takes us straight to the heartland of China-the towns, streets, courtyards, kitchens, and bedrooms where ordinary Chinese live. They may not be great warriors or politicians, but their courageous efforts in living a life with hope and dignity make them true heroes. This book is a gem." -Wang Ping, author of Aching for Beauty and Foreign Devil
"Sophisticated and ambiguous." -Asian Review of Books
"Yu Hua captures the simplicities and complexities of Chinese family life over many tumultuous decades. With great love coated in black humor, Yu Hua shows the great goodness and kindness that a father can draw upon even in the face of multiple hardships and the sometimes terrible depths that he will go to save his family." -Lisa See, author of On Gold Mountain
"A major contemporary novelist, Yu Hua writes with a cold eye but a warm heart. His novels are ingeniously structured and exude a mythical aura. Though unmistakably Chinese, they are universally resonant." -Ha Jin, author of Waiting