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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

口红 (lit. Lipstick)

Short story by Wang Yuan.

A wannabe singer and a cynical taxi driver are thrown together in a Beijing traffic jam, releasing their frustrations upon each other with tragicomic consequences.



Translated by Colin Hawes and Shuyu Kong

Collected in

Beijing Women Wang Yuan multiple