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

Ding Liying


DING Liying, born 1966 in Shanghai, one of a new generation of Chinese women writers. Ding cites Raymond Carver, Katherine Mansfield and Anton Chekhov as major influence on her prose, and is acclaimed for the careful crafting of her stories about the lives of ordinary urban women and the underlying repressed tensions in their lives.

Known for her short stories and essays, her lyric poetry and most recently for translating the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop (2007). Awarded the Anne Kao Poetry Prize in 1999.


Original Works

Short stories (1)

Novels (1)