Zhou gained a degree in Mathematics from Fudan University. He acquired the French language and became interested in French literature while studying at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He became a full-time literary editor in the 1980s, and has since then translated several French novels, including Les trois mousquetaires, Madame Bovary, and La Voie royale. He is currently making a new translation of Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu. The first volume, Du côté de chez Swann, was published in 2004.
He has also rendered Aventures mathématiques by Miguel de Guzmán into Chinese.
- A Conversation between Zhou and François Cheng (in Chinese)
- Fortunately not lost in translation
- Volumes of Passion and Patience
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