Chen Xiwo

Fujian Normal University literature professor Chen Xiwo has emerged in recent years as one of China’s most notable writers. One recurring terrain in his fiction is sexual and political corruption, and perhaps his most famous novella I Love My Mum uses incest as a metaphor for a dysfunctional society.  Due to Chen’s refusal to compromise about his often controversial writing, it was nearly twenty years before his books could be published in China. He has now published eight major novels and despite his early difficulties Chen’s writing has received widespread recognition in China. One of his novels, Exile won the eighth Huang Chang Xian Literature Prize. Other books, including Irritation which has also been translated into French, helped gain Chen the fourth Fujian Flowers award for outstanding literary works. One of Chen’s most recent books, a story collection called I’m Hurt, was published to great acclaim in 2014. The Book of Sins is published by Make-Do Publishing.


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