Novel by Jia Pingwa.
The story of the up-and-coming writer Zhou Min, the old lion Zhuang Zhidie, the dissolution of Chinese letters, all the many ways to be unfaithful, and the manner in which the cynical city chews up and spits out starry-eyed idealists from the countryside. A short sample of the opening in English can be found here. Some of us think this is one of the best untranslated novels to have come out of China in the past few decades. Now out in Howard Goldblatt's translation with OU Press: http://www.oupress.com/ECommerce/Book/Detail/2080/ruined%20city