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

The Royal We


Novel by A Yi.

A Yi's book of essays and observations; what he humbly calls "all the material I might have used for fiction, but thought it would be better just to write down directly".


Petty Thief

Translated by Alice Xin Liu, April, 2012

Extract from the novel.


Petty Thief ( Granta April 2012 Online