Feng Tang

冯唐

The consummate chronicler of youth in Beijing, Feng Tang is the author of a series of novels deeply evocative of growing up in the Chinese capital during the 1990s. Though they lack the satiric bite or social criticism of Wang Shuo or Zhu Wen, his main trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels (Happiness, written when the author was just 18 years old, Everything Grows and Given a Girl at Age Eighteen) evoke the experience of youth and growth with lyric accuracy, and are immensely popular with readers who were a certain age at a certain time. Feng Tang studied medicine at university, following that with a degree in business, and now lives in Hong Kong and works as a consultant for McKinsey & Co.

His most recent book is an abrupt departure from his earlier themes: set in the Tang dynasty, Oneness is very close to being pure pornography. Feng Tang deploys a classical style, harking back to the traditional racy novels of imperial China, to tell the story of Buddhist monks and nuns achieving enlightenment through unorthodox means. Written with the knowledge that it could not be published in Mainland China, Oneness went directly to publishing houses in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Mahjong, tr. Brendan O'Kane Pathlight: New Chinese Writing 1 (2012)

 

Works by Feng Tang

Novels

Short stories