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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

[The Woman Opposite] (lit. The Woman Opposite)

Novella by Tie Ning.


The Woman Opposite

Translated by Qiu Maoru and Wu Yanting

Seeking to distance himself from the unwanted advances of a woman, a young man moves to a new city. There he isolates himself by moving into a lonely warehouse full of discarded furniture. It is here that he discovers a woman in an apartment opposite. Living her private life in full view of the young man, the woman is completely oblivious to his presence, while the young man has a growing obsession with her.

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Two Novellas: How Long is Forever Tie Ning multiple