Yan Lianke was born in 1958 in Henan Province, China.

He is the author of numerous novels and short-story collections, including Serve the People!, Dream of Ding Village and Lenin’s Kisses. The winner of multiple literary awards in China, including the Lao She, Lu Xun and Hua Zhong World Chinese Literature Prize, he was also awarded the Franz Kafka Prize in 2014, and has been previously shortlisted for both the Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He currently lives and writes in Beijing.

Yan Lianke

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