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Chi Zijian

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Chi Zijian
Native name
Born (1964-02-27) 27 February 1964 (age 60)
Mohe, Heilongjiang, China
Alma materDaxing'anling Normal College
Northwest University
Beijing Normal University
Lu Xun Literature College
Notable worksThe Last Quarter of the Moon
Notable awardsFull list
Huang Shijun
(m. 1998; died 2002)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese遲子建
Simplified Chinese迟子建

Chi Zijian (Chinese: 迟子建; born 27 February 1964) is a Chinese novelist.[1] She is best known for her novel The Last Quarter of the Moon which won the Mao Dun Literary Prize (2008), one of the most prestigious literature prizes in China.[2][3]


Chi was born in Mohe County, Heilongjiang in February 1964. Her father, Chi Zefeng (迟泽凤), was the president of a local school. Chi Zijian was named after his father's idol Cao Zijian, a poet and prince of the state of Cao Wei in the Three Kingdoms period.

Chi entered Daxing'anling Normal College (大兴安岭师范学校) in 1981, graduating in 1984. She started to publish novels in 1983.[4]

In 1988, Chi was accepted to Northwest University, majoring in writing. One year later, she attended Beijing Normal University and Lu Xun Literary Institute.

In 1990, Chi joined the Heilongjiang Writers Association.

Her novel, The Last Quarter of the Moon, was published in 2005, which won the Mao Dun Literary Prize in 2008.

Chi won the Lu Xun Literary Prize in 1996, 2000, and 2007.

Political career[edit]

Chi was a member of the 12th and 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).[5] On January 15, 2020, she was elected vice-chairwoman of the CPPCC Heilongjiang Provincial Committee.[5]




  • White Snow and Crow (白雪乌鸦)
  • All Night in the World (世界上所有的夜晚)
  • Yellow Chicken and White Wine (黄鸡白酒)
  • Good Night, Rose (晚安玫瑰)

Short stories[edit]

  • Fog, Moon, and the Cattle Pen (雾月牛栏)
  • Qingshui Xichen (清水洗尘)
  • A Jar of Lard (一坛猪油)


Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Chi married Huang Shijun (黄世君), who was the CPC County Committee Secretary of Tahe. In May 2002, Huang died in a car accident.


  1. ^ 迟子建手稿未经授权遭拍卖. 163.com (in Chinese). 2013.
  2. ^ "Chi Zijian's "Last Quarter of the Moon": The Author's Afterword". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12.
  3. ^ a b "Chi Zijian".
  4. ^ Contemporary Chinese Women Writers. Panda Books. Vol. II. Beijing: Chinese Literature Press. 1991. p. 315. ISBN 7-5071-0079-0. OCLC 26445673.
  5. ^ a b 著名作家迟子建当选黑龙江省政协副主席. ifeng.com (in Chinese). 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.

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