Jia's novel: Spotlight on rural pain

Updated: 2016-04-20 08:18

By Yang Yang(China Daily)

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Jia's novel: Spotlight on rural pain

Jia's latest novel Ji Hua reveals the transformation of China's rural areas through an abducted woman's story. [Photo provided to China Daily]

"Nobody knows how it goes from there-would she be beaten and disabled like many others in real life or would she try and work things out with Hei Liang," he says in a strong provincial accent.

Jia is among China's most influential contemporary writers, and his books have been translated into many languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Korean.

Chinese Nobel-winning author Mo Yan wrote in Soochow Academic, a bilingual magazine published in Jiangsu province: "One cannot imagine any research on contemporary Chinese literature without a close study of the works of Jia Pingwa."

Ji Hua was written based on a real-life story that Jia had heard from a resident of Xi'an, in Northwest China's Shaanxi province, a decade ago.

As Jia writes in the book's postscript: "The story stabbed my heart like a knife. Each time I thought of it, I felt a deeper pain."