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高兴 (lit. 'Happy' or 'King of Trash')

Novel by Jia Pingwa.

‘Happy’ (Chinese: 《高兴》 ‘Gaoxing’) tells the story of migrant worker Happy Liu who makes a living by collecting garbage in the city of Xi’an. For a sample translation, click here. For a full synopsis, click here Currently being made into a film to be called ‘King of Trash’, directed by Ah Gan (Ghosts, 2002), starring Guo Tao (Crazy Stone) and Lin Chia-hsin (Heroic Duo).



Translated by Nicky Harman

Original Publications:

高兴 The Writers Publishing House 2007, December (Mainland China)