Ge Fei (author)

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Liu Yong
Native name 刘勇
Born 1964 (age 53–54)
Dantu, Jiangsu, China
Pen name Ge Fei (格非)
Occupation Novelist
Language Chinese
Alma mater East China Normal University
Period 1986 - present
Genre Novel
Literary movement Xianfeng Literature
Notable works Jiangnan Trilogy
Notable awards 9th Mao Dun Literature Prize
2015 Jiangnan Trilogy

Ge Fei (Chinese: 格非; pinyin: Gé Fēi; Wade–Giles: Ke Fei, born 1964) is the pen-name for Liu Yong (刘勇), a Chinese novelist who is considered one of the preeminent experimental writers during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1] He won the Mao Dun Literature Prize in 2015, and is a professor of literature at Tsinghua University.


Ge Fei was born in Dantu, Jiangsu, in 1964. He graduated from East China Normal University in 1985. He received his PhD in 2000.[2] He was invited to participate in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, United States, in 2009.[citation needed]


His most prominent work is the novel Peach Blossom Beauty (人面桃花, Renmian Taohua, 2004), which explores the concept of utopia, and is laden with classical allusions.[citation needed] It is the first book of his Jiangnan Trilogy, of which the second book, My Dream of the Mountain and River (山河入梦 Shanhe Rumeng), was published in 2007. The third is Spring Ends in Jiangnan (春尽江南), published in 2011.[3]

The title of Renmian Taohua is taken from a classical work, and has also been used by the director Du Haibin for his documentary on a gay club in Chengdu (2005). The English name for the film, Beautiful Men, is not a direct translation.

The novellas The Invisibility Cloak and Flock of Brown Birds are the only works by Ge Fei to be available in English. They appeared in 2016 in translations by Canaan Morse and Poppy Toland respectively.[4]

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  1. ^ "Ge Fei". China Book International. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
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  4. ^ Publishers' sites for The Invisibility Cloak (Retrieved 1 October 2016) and for Flock of Brown Birds (Retrieved 26 February 2017).
  5. ^ "Winners of 2015 Mao Dun Literature Prize announced". GBTimes. August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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