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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

无主题变奏 (lit. Variations Without a Theme)

Novel by Xu Xing.

This novella originally appeared in People's Literature Magazine (人民文学) in 1985, later published as a collection by the Writers Publishing House.

Translations:

Variations Without a Theme

Translated by Maria Galikowski, March, 1998

Apparently this book has already been translated into English: who knew? Here's the link on Amazon, and here's a mention in the Complete Review.

Publications

Variations Without a Theme March 1998 UK