born April 3, 1960 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Yu Hua practiced dentistry for five years and later turned to fiction writing in 1983 because he didn’t like “looking into people’s mouths the whole day.” Since then has written four novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. His most famous novels are Chronicle of a Blood Merchant and To Live. The latter novel was adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. Because the film was banned in China, it instantly made the novel a bestseller and Yu Hua a worldwide celebrity. Among his main awards: Grinzane Cavour Prize (1998) for To Live, James Joyce Award (2002), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France (2004), Barnes & Noble Discovery Great New Writers Award (2004), Special Book Award of China (2005), Prix Courrier International (2008).
The Seventh Day
Yu Hua will launch the Italian translation of his latest book, Il settimo giorno (Feltrinelli), at the festival. In dialogue with Xiaolu Guo.