Zhu Wen has published several poetry and short story collections and one novel. He has also directed four films. His 2001 film, Seafood, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 58th Venice Film Festival. He lives in Beijing.
"A jaundiced view of post-communist chaos. No heroism, no transcendence, just all-too-human desperation."
Living out a dull, bad dream of botched politics, the stunted characters in these novellas exist in a no-man's-land, halfway between the failed utopia of Chairman Mao and the promise of McDonald's, Macintosh and MTV.
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