How dull to have a gun and not shoot. Guns should be fired.

Fu Yuli / Nicky Harman

Su Tong


Born in 1963 in Suzhou and now living in Nanjing with his family, Su Tong is a bestselling author who attained international recognition in 1993 when Zhang Yimou's film of his novella Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for an Academy Award. A number of translations in English, including Madwoman on the Bridge, his first collection of short stories to be published, his novel, Check, a violent drama set in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, published by Doubleday in 2009.... and Boat to Redemption, shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2009.