“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Li Shasha

李傻傻

CBI

At nearly 30 years of age, Li Shasha is one of the leading figures of the "post-80s" generation of Chinese writers. Compared to the glitzier figures cut by Han Han and Guo Jingming, Li Shasha's reputation rests squarely on his literary abilities and the more trenchant subject matter of his fiction. In a 2005 article in Time Magazine, Li Shasha was described as on of the few young Chinese writers concerned with social issues and the plight of the less fortunate. His novel Red X captured the cruelty and wildness of youth in a way that resonated with readers; his essay collections (including Seeing People as Ghosts, and Three Years of Li Shasha) have proved even more influential and popular.