The coffin fell apart.
There was the sound of decayed wood crumbling, and a cloud of smoke surged out, like water vapour from a hot steamer.

Yan Lianke / Carlos Rojas

Cao Wenxuan


One of China's most popular authors of children's fiction, Cao Wenxuan's works are typically set in the China of the 1950s and 60s, and feature children and animals as their main characters. Titles such as The Straw House and Bronze and Sunflower have collectively sold millions of copies in China, and Cao has won most of the domestic prizes available to children's authors. His reputation abroad is on the rise, as seen on 4 April 2016 when he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Feature by Bertrand Mialaret

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Cao Wenxuan is the featured author in READ PAPER REPUBLIC, week 15, 24 September 2015.


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