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Yan Ge


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Yan Ge was born in 1984 in Sichuan in the People’s Republic of China, and currently lives in Dublin, Eire. She recently completed a PhD in comparative literature at Sichuan University and is the chairperson of the China Young Writer Association.

Her major novel 《我们家》(2013), translated as The Chilli Bean Paste Clan, is a razor-sharp, humorous examination of squabbling middle-aged siblings and small town life in twenty-first century China, with all its Rabelaisian excesses and petty corruption. For a pre-publication review, see Words Without Borders, New in Chinese. This novel won a PEN Translates Award and will appear with Balestier Press in May 2018. It came out in German, French and several other languages in 2016 and 2017.

Yan Ge's early work focused on the wonders, gods and ghosts of Chinese myth and made her especially popular with teenagers. The novel May Queen (2008) saw her break through as a critically acclaimed author. She now writes realist fiction, strongly Sichuan-based, by turns funny, incisive and touching. People’s Literature magazine recently chose her – in a list reminiscent of The New Yorker's ‘20 under 40’ – as one of China’s twenty future literary masters, and in 2012 she was chosen as Best New Writer by the prestigious Chinese Literature Media Prize (华语文学传媒大奖 最佳新人奖). Yan Ge was a guest writer at the Netherlands Crossing Borders festival in The Hague, November 2012, and since then has appeared at numerous literary festivals in Europe.

Yan Ge is represented by The Grayhawk Agency. Contact: Gray Tan grayhawk at grayhawk-agency dot com

Yan Ge was the featured author in READ PAPER REPUBLIC, week 10, 20 August 2015. In December 2016, an interview with her appeared in Interview: Yan Ge, an Emerging Sichuanese Writer on the Task of Translation.


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