is Forever: Changes in China
as Seen Through the Eyes of its Foremost Woman Writer, Zhang
join us for a talk by one of
’s foremost contemporary fiction writers, Zhang Jie who
will describe the changes she has witnessed in the lives of
the Chinese “everyman” over the past twenty-five years.
Informed by her experiences during the Cultural Revolution,
as well as China’s turbulent on-going transition from the
Communist “iron bowl” to a global market economy, Zhang
Jie’s stories, novellas and novels depict the lives of
everyday people as her characters struggle to survive and
cope with what fate hands them. Her work has been translated
into twelve languages and she has received numerous literary
prizes including China’s Maodun National Award for her
novel Heavy Wings (1985) and Italy’s Malaparte
Literary Prize for her short story collection As Long As
Nothing Happens, Nothing Will (1989). Most recently, her
three-volume novel, Without Words, published in 2002,
has received six major awards including the Laoshe National
Award, the National Award for Art and Fiction, the Best
Fiction Award and the National Book Award.
addition to hearing Zhang Jie’s views, there will also be
ample opportunity for dialogue with the author.
the lecture, a light Chinese supper will be served.
$15 Students/Members and $20/Guests
reply by September 17th
further information, please call Ingrid Mei at 212-744-8181
ext. 136 or