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Bi Feiyu was born in 1964 in Xinghua, in the province of Jiangsu, China. He is the recipient of many literary prizes, including the Lu Xun Prize in 1996. He co-wrote the film Shanghai Triad, which was directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou. His novel, The Moon Opera, was published by Telegram in 2007.


'Bi Feiyu's account of three sisters struggling to survive in the aftermath of China's Cultural Revolution is a complex moral tale that also illuminates the country's rise from sleeping tiger to global power' Independent 'An unyielding critique of the emotional fallout of China's Cultural Revolution' Metro 'This is a China that few Westerners know. Bi Feiyu makes it real and believable in this charming, surprising novel.' Washington Post 'One of China's best contemporary novelists, Bi Feiyu has created an insightful portrait of China during the past half a century with a tale both epic and intimate. Three Sisters is an important novel.' Yiyun Li, author of THE VAGRANTS 'A thrilling family epic that depicts China's dispossessed longings and love' Xiaolu Guo, author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers 'A valuable document to aid our understanding of daily life as it is carried on in recent times of terror.' Le Temps 'Brilliantly confirms Bi Feiyu's status as a highly accomplished writer.' La Vie Ouvriere

With a mercilessly satirical eye, Bi (The Moon Opera) observes domestic and communal life in late 20th-century China as three of the seven daughters of Wang Lianfang strive for identity and self-respect. In 1971, when serial philanderer Wang is finally caught, he loses his job and the family loses face. Yumi, his eldest daughter, is forsaken by her fiance and becomes the second wife to an older man in a nearby town. This is a step up, but her new home is no less a hothouse of gossip and suspicion. The third sister, beautiful Yuxiu, follows Yumi with big hopes that are derailed by an unexpected pregnancy. A decade later, youngest sister Yuyang is poised to escape a dreary fate when she's accepted by a school in Beijing, but she, too, has heartbreak in store. Bi describes with a sober bluntness the coarse brutality and familial and community power jockeying that plays out in villages where life is governed by strict rituals, superstition, and folk beliefs. Drawn with dispassionate candor, this is a bleak tale of human miseries and of women struggling to survive in a culture that devalues them. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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