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Voices From Elsewhere: Murong Xuecun (English)
Murong Xuecun is one of China’s most celebrated and controversial authors. His work, which surveys the nation’s contemporary mindset through fiction and investigative journalism, has earned him the criticism of both literary commentators and political gatekeepers.
Murong’s story for our Gala Night of Storytelling: Voices From Elsewhere follows Mr Sheng through a poverty-stricken 1950s in China, where he develops an unusually resourceful approach to pest control, and challenges our conventional understanding of ‘hungry eyes’.
Translated by Harvey Thomlinson and read by Dan Spielman. The Mandarin Chinese version, read by Xuecun himself, is also available.