Sheng Keyi

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Sheng Keyi (盛可以, Yiyang, 1973) is a contemporary Chinese author.


She migrated to Shenzhen in the early 1990s and then to Beijing. She formerly worked in a securities company, and as a secretary, correspondent, reporter, and editor, among many other occupations. In 2002, she resigned and began writing.

Sheng's works depict the real lives of China's poor, the survival of its women, and situations revolving around the human spirit, written in a language that is violent, enthusiastic, and experimental. Her writing has been praised by fellow Chinese authors Mo Yan, Yan Lianke and Yu Hua, and she has been reviewed and interviewed in international publications such as the New York Review of Books[1] and LA Review of Books[2]. She has been awarded many prizes, including the Chinese People's Literature Prize, the Yu Dafu Prize for Fiction, the Chinese Literature Media Award and the Top 20 Novelists of the Future Prize. Her work has been translated into English and many other languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Russian, Czech and Korean.

Her works include the novels Northern Girls, Death Fugue and Wild Fruit, as well as the novella Paradise and several short story collections. Northern Girls, published in English by Penguin in 2012, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.[3] Death Fugue, banned for publication in China, was first published in English by Giramondo in 2014 and is a political allegory that “recalls Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World,” according to the New York Times[4]. Sheng's two latest novels, The Womb and The Metaphor Detox Centre, have been published in Chinese in September and October 2018 respectively. The Metaphor Detox Centre, however, remains unavailable in mainland China and was released by Taiwanese publisher Linking Publishing.


  1. ^ Link, Perry. "China: Novelists Against the State". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  2. ^ "Life Goes On: Sheng Keyi's "Northern Girls" - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  3. ^ LA Review of Books 2013
  4. ^ "Chinese Writer, Tackling Tiananmen, Wields 'Power to Offend'". Retrieved 2018-08-06.