Chi Zijian was born in 1964 in Heilongjiang province, where she still resides. She's one of China's most prominent female writers, though generally escapes the label of 'feminist' writer so often applied to Wang Anyi or Bing Xin. Her works stay close to everyday life, and she's known as a writer of the quotidian – many of her stories would be considered sentimental by western standards. She's currently employed by the Heilongjiang Provincial Writers Association. Her extensive list of work includes the novels Puppet Manchukuo, Sunshine Behind the Clouds, The Right Bank of the Argun, Snow and Raven, and the short story collections Tales from an Arctic Village, The Snowy Graveyard, Travels to White Nights, Dead Streams, Washing Off the Dust of the Road, Mist, Moon and Cow Byre, and All the Nights in the World. She won the 1st, 2nd, and 5th Lu Xun Prizes, the 7th Mao Dun Prize for Literature, and the Australian Suspense Award. Her work has been translated into English, French, Japanese, Italian and Korean.
Winner of the Mao Dun Prize 2008 for 《额尔古纳河右岸》 Last Quarter of the Moon, Harvill Secker, 2013.
A Jar of Lard, tr. Chenxin Jiang Pathlight: New Chinese Writing 1 (2012)