Short fiction from one of China’s most celebrated writersby Yu Hua / June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
Hua’s novels, stories and essays have been translated into more than 20 languages. His novel, Brothers, was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and awarded France’s Prix Courrier International. Yu’s latest book is Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China, from which the story below comes. Unlike the wild satire of Brothers, Boy in the Twilight is a more intimate, realist work, focusing on the mundane and often brutal realities of life in modern China.
“It was in 1995 that I wrote this story of a fruit vendor named Sun Fu and a hungry boy who crosses his path,” says Yu. “Two wretched fates meet by the side of the road and one tragedy torments another. Why? Chinese society was entering a new phase then, as people became locked in a ruthless struggle for survival.”