Wang Congwei was born in 1972. He studied at the National Taiwan University's Department of Philosophy and Graduate Institute of Art History. Previously an Assistant Editor at Taiwan Ming Pao Weekly, an Assistant Executive Editor-in-Chief at Marie Claire and an Assistant Editor-in-chief of FHM, Wang is currently Editor-in-Chief at Unitas Magazine.
He started receiving the attention of the literary world in 1999, immediately after "Shanoon Ocean Journey" was selected for the 1998 Short Story Awards. In 2008 his full-length novel, Riverside Girl, won the China Times Book Review's Ten Best Books Award and the Wu Yongfu Literary Award; it was also nominated for the Jin Ding Award and the Taiwan Golden Classic Literature Prize and was among the books selected for the Frankfurt Book Fair. That same year his collection of novellas and short stories Complicated Island was published to great acclaim, and selected as a finalist for the Taipei International Book Fair Prize. Other works include Teacher's Body, Lovers Have Passed By, Fleeting Images, Walking Zhongshan North Road and Taipei Is Not Around To Prove It.
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