Bi Feiyu

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Bi Feiyu
Native name
Born1964 (age 59–60)
Xinghua, Jiangsu, China
Alma materYangzhou Normal College
Period1987 - present
Notable worksThree Sisters
Notable awards3rd Lu Xun Literary Prize

Man Asian Literary Prize
2010 Three Sisters
8th Mao Dun Literary Prize
2011 Massage
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Bi Feiyu (Chinese: 毕飞宇; pinyin: Bì Fēiyǔ, born 1964) is a Chinese writer.[1] His works are known for their complex portrayal of the "female psyche."[1] He has won some of the highest literary awards in China. He also wrote the screenplay for Zhang Yimou's 1996 film Shanghai Triad.[1]


Bi was born in Xinghua, Jiangsu Province in 1964. His name Feiyu means "one who flies across the universe". He lives in Nanjing.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Feiyu's novel The Moon Opera (青衣), translated by Howard Goldblatt, was longlisted for the 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize,[2] while Three Sisters (玉米, 玉秀, 玉秧), also translated by Goldblatt, won the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize.[3] In China, his awards include twice winning the Lu Xun Literary Prize; and the 2011 Mao Dun Prize, the highest national literary award, for Massage.[1]

Selected works in translation[edit]

  • Massage. Translators Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin. Melbourne: Penguin. February 2015. ISBN 978-0-67-008097-7.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Three Sisters. Translators Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin. London: Telegram. June 2010. ISBN 9781846590238.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  • The Moon Opera. Translators Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin. London: Telegram. November 2007. ISBN 978-0-15-101294-7.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)


In 2011, Bi Feiyu won the Mao Dun Literary Prize for his novel Massage, one of the most prestigious literature prizes in China.

On August 21, 2017, the French Ministry of Culture awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres to Bi Feiyu at the General Consulate of France in Shanghai.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Chitralekha Basu and Song Wenwei. "From absurdity to reality", China Daily, Jan 12, 2012
  2. ^ Bi Feiyu’s ‘The Moon Opera’ selected for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize long-list Archived January 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Bi Feiyu. The Man Asian Literary Prize Archived March 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Writer Bi Feiyu awarded French Order of Arts and Letters". China Daily. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2018.