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

Xue Yiwei

薛忆沩

Xue Yiwei is from Changsha, Hunan province. He studied computer engineering at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has since earned a master’s degree in English and American literature from Université de Montréal and a doctorate in linguistics from the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. From 1996 to 2002, he taught at the Shenzhen University Liberal Arts College, and from 2006 to 2007, he wrote book columns for Southern Weekly and Essays. From 2009 to 2010, he resided at the City University of Hong Kong as a visiting scholar. In 1991 he received the United Daily News Literature Award. His published works include the novels Abandonment and Dr. Bethune’s Children; the story collections A Floating Room, The Last Path to Heaven, and A Dolphin Unwilling to Leave; and the essay collections Literature’s Homeland, Duplicate of a Generation, and Traveling with Marco Polo.

 

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