Yan Ge: A Budding Author

May 29, 2013
Editor: Amanda Wu

Budding author Yan Ge won the Most Promising New Talent Award at the 11th Chinese Literature Media Awards with her novel The Family of Duan Yixing, which was republished as Our Family by the Zhejiang Literature and Art Publishing House in May 2013.

Yan Ge, author of the book Our Family [The Beijing News]

Yan Ge, author of the book Our Family [The Beijing News]

The award citation for the novel reads, "She captures the waves of various emotions, faces the lowliness of the living being, recognizes limited and incomplete human nature but doesn't lose hope."

The Chinese Literature Media Awards is hosted annually by the Nanfang Metropolis Daily, one of China's most respected newspapers to honor outstanding writers and promote Chinese literature.

The awards ceremony for the awards was held in April 27, 2013.

Yan, whose autonym is Dai Yuexing, was born in Pi County of Chengdu City, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province in December 1984.

She is representative of young Chinese writers born in the 1980s and is studying for her master's degree in comparative literature at the Chengdu-based Sichuan University.

Yan began publishing works in 1994.

In 2001, she was honored as one of China's Top 10 Juvenile Fiction Writers by the Lu Xun Literature School of the China Writers Association (CWA), named after Lu Xun (1881-1936), a leading figure in modern Chinese literature.

In February 2002, Yan won the first prize in the New Concept Writing Competition, an annual event initiated by Shanghai-based Mengya magazine in 1998.

Her major works include Guanhe, Lucky Day, Spring in Taohua Town, May Queen and Sound Orchestra.

The cover of the book Our Family [The Beijing News]

The cover of the book Our Family [The Beijing News]

The latest novel Our Family was initially published on Harvest, a Shanghai-based literary bimonthly, in October 2012, and caused quite a stir among readers. It was hailed as Yan's most surprising novel.

Our Family is a new departure for Yan in her literary creation. She uses humor to express her care for reality, family and country. The novel, an unusual reading pleasure, makes readers laugh from its first page but leaves them with mixed emotions in the end.

It tells a story of a family from the view point of father Duan Yixing who is recovering from a mental disorder. Centered round Grandma's 80th birthday, the novel exposes various humorous home affairs of the three-generation family of the past 60 years by adopting a narrative alternating between the present and the past.

In the meantime, the daily lives of the local people are also brought to light, which becomes a record of a developing country in changing times. Each family has its own secret scandal.

Yan joked that she risked her life to create the novel, for the scandals exposed in the novel made her father and grandma very angry.

In the novel, all the stories take place in Pingle, a fictitious town. It's thought that Yan adopted the hometown novel narrative so its characters and events could be tracked.

Author of Going Out of the Liang Village Liang Hong said, "I can not help laughing when reading Yan's Our Family. Its language and the whole atmosphere smell like a spicy hot pot, stimulating and exciting, as well as the sudden clarity and understanding after the strong flavor. It's a spicy novel."

Associate Professor from the College of Literature of the Nanjing Normal University He Ping, who recommended Yan for the Chinese Literature Media Awards, said, "Yan's writing has pioneering characteristics of the writers born in the 1980s. Yan, sensitive to language and structure, stands out."

(Source: bjnews.com.cn and culture.ifeng.com/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)

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