Yu Hua (author)
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Yu Hua at the 2005 Singapore Writers Festival
April 3, 1960 |
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
|Alma mater||Lu Xun Literature School|
|Period||1984 - present|
|Notable work(s)||To Live
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
Cries in the Drizzle
|Notable award(s)||5th Zhuang Zhongwen Literary Prize
James Joyce Award
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
|Relative(s)||Father: Hua Zizhi (华自治)
Mother: Yu Peiwen (余佩文)
Yu Hua (simplified Chinese: 余华; traditional Chinese: 余華; pinyin: Yú Huá) is a Chinese author, born April 3, 1960 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. He practiced dentistry for five years and later turned to fiction writing in 1983 because he didn't like "looking into people’s mouths the whole day." Writing allowed him to be more creative and flexible. He grew up during the Cultural Revolution and many of his stories and novels are marked by this experience. One of the distinctive characteristics of his work is his penchant for detailed descriptions of brutal violence.
Yu Hua has written four novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. His most important novels are Chronicle of a Blood Merchant and To Live. The latter novel was adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. Because the film was banned in China, it instantly made the novel a bestseller and Yu Hua a worldwide celebrity. His novels have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Hungarian, Serbian, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Malayalam.
- Leaving Home at Eighteen (Chinese: 十八岁出门远行; pinyin: Shíbā Suì Chūmén Yuǎnxíng)
- The Past and the Punishments: Eight Stories ISBN 0-8248-1817-2 for: Translator Andrew F. Jones. University of Hawaii Press, 1996.
- World Like Mist: Eight Stories (pinyin: Shi shi ru yan) ISBN 986-7691-37-7
- China in Ten Words (simplified Chinese: 十个词汇里的中国; traditional Chinese: 十個詞彙裡的中國; pinyin: Shí Gè Cíhuì Lǐ De Zhōngguó) ISBN 978-986-120-477-2, English version (Translated from the Chinese by Allan H. Barr, 2011) ISBN 978-0-307-37935-1
- To Live (1992) (Chinese: 活着; pinyin: Huózhe ISBN 1-4000-3186-9
- Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (Chinese: 许三观卖血记; pinyin: Xǔ Sānguān Mài Xuè Jì) (1995) ISBN 1-4000-3185-0
- Cries in the Drizzle (Chinese: 在细雨中呼喊; pinyin: Zaixiyuzhong Huhan) (2003) ISBN 978-0-307-27999-6
- Brothers (Chinese: 兄弟; pinyin: Xiōng Dì) (2005) shortlisted at the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize
- Standaert, Michael. "Interview with Yu Hua." University of Iowa International Writing Program. August 30, 2003. Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
- Yu Hua: Fiction as Subversion Critical Analysis Essay, Found on Jstor.
- http://www.manasianliteraryprize.org/2008/YuHua.html accessed 19 June 2009.
- An interview with Yu Hua at Ohio State University
- A conversation with Yu Hua at UCLA
- A profile of Yu Hua in the New York Times Magazine