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Short story: Boy in the twilight by Yu Hua

Short fiction from one of China’s most celebrated writers

By Yu Hua   July 2014

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…

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