In this dialogue with Prof. Zhiyi YANG, Goethe University Frankfurt, the author will discuss what inspires him creatively: problems that are symptomatic of the epoch in which we live, of a China rising fast and furiously in the world. His novels tell the stories of the bottom-feeders scavenging around Chinese metropolitans, of the effect of globalization on common people’s lives, as well as of the surveillance technology and a metaverse in video games. Time, however, is rapidly making these unfolding problems „historical,“ a unique challenge for the self-designated chronicler of contemporary lives.

SHI Yifeng 石一枫 was born in 1979 in Beijing, and lives there today. In 1998, he began studying in the Chinese Department at Peking University, where he also earned a master’s degree. He is the author of the novels “Fruit under the Red Flag”, “In Love with Beijing”, and “An Unofficial History of the Heart”, as well as the short story collections “Chen Jinfang Is Gone”, and “Itching for a Fight”. He is the winner of many awards, including the Hunan New Talent Award, October Magazine’s Literary Award, the Hundred Flowers Award, the Maotai Novela Award, the People’s Literature New Author Award, the People’s Literature Annual Young Author Award, and the Yu Dafu Novela Award.

When: 20.10.2022, 16:00 – 17:00 Uhr
Where: Frankfurt Book Fair, Halle 4.2, Raum „Brillanz“ & online über Zoom unter:
Languages: Englisch and Chinese (Translation)

Halle 4.2, Raum „Brillanz“ Lageplan

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