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The Seduction of a Provincial Accountant

A story set in modern China wins the Royal Society of Literature VS Pritchett Memorial Prize 2015

By Jonathan Tel  
Walkers at the end of Zhanqiao Pier, Qingdao seafront in China © David Jones / PA Archive/PA Images

Walkers at the end of Zhanqiao Pier, Qingdao seafront in China © David Jones / PA Archive/PA Images

 

 

 

Jonathan Tel has won the £1,000 Royal Society of Literature VS Pritchett Prize for his short story “The Seduction of a Provincial Accountant.” Tel says that my “story was inspired by what is perhaps Chekhov’s most famous story, ‘The Lady with the Dog.’ Whereas he wrote about a romantic seduction in the…

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