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

[Coming Downstairs] (lit. Coming Downstairs)

Short story by Chen Qian.

Translations:

Coming Downstairs

Translated by Charles Laughlin

Publications

Coming Downstairs Pathlight: New Chinese Writing May 2015 Mainland China