An Irrelevant Writer: Yiyun Li Introduces Shen Congwen

Feature Shen Congwen

Great books are never abandoners—they don’t betray us; they don’t turn away from our candid admiration or criticism; they don’t die.

More often than not, my attachment does not extend to their creators—I do read biographies, the correspondence and diaries of certain writers, but they come  [...]

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Issue 10



Spring 2010


Shen Congwen was one of the most influential writers in China’s modern history. His novel Border Town, originally published in 1934 and recently rereleased by HarperCollins, was banned under Mao’s regime, only to become an inspiration to a new generation of Chinese writers in the late twentieth century. ​


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