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Xu Zechen Interviewed by Angus Phillips

Monday, 30 March 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Rising star of Chinese literature Xu Zechen talks about his novels that portray the realities of life for many in modern China.

Zechen lives in Beijing and works as editor at China’s most important literary magazine, People’s Literature. His work is not the sort of political literature that many might equate with China. Instead, Zechen’s novels chronicle life in China’s big cities. Running Through Beijing is one of his best-known novels and has been translated into English. It deals with the harsh realities lived by the millions of city-dwellers struggling to get by in the grey economy. The translation by Eric Abrahamsen was shortlisted for a National Translation Award in the USA.

Zechen has written several novels, including Northward and Night Train, and his books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Jerusalem, due for publication in an English translation, won the Laoshe Literature Prize, the Feng Mu Prize for Literature, the Chinese Literature Media Award, the Annual Novelist Award, the Dream of Red Mansion Award in Hong Kong, the Jury Award, and the Tencent Academy Literature Award. Here Zechen talks to Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Oxford Brookes University.

The event is presented by the Confucius Institute and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. Previous China events at the Festival were Man Asian Literary Prize Winner Su Tong (2018) and ‘Chinese Solzhenitsyn’ Ma Jian (2019).

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Steer Oxford Botanic Garden