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

心爱的树 (lit. Beloved Tree)

Novella by Jiang Yun.

Translations:

Beloved Tree

Translated by Charles Laughlin

Collected in

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By the River: Seven Contemporary Chinese Novellas multiple multiple