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

Li Peifu


Born in 1953 in Xuchang, Henan province.

His most recent novel, Book of Life, portrays China's half-century transformation through orphan Wu Zhipeng's escape from the poverty of his native village in Henan province. It is also the finale of his Plains Trilogy, after the 1999 Gate of the Sheep and the 2003 Light of the City.



Original Works

Short stories (1)