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Sun Wei

One of China’s Most Original and Leading Voices

 

A former journalist, documentary filmmaker, and corporate general manager, Sun Wei is a novelist who tells stories of the most authentic contemporary Shanghai.

 

The 18 books she has published include the novels “The Map of Time" "Person in a Bottle" “To Where the Flowers Blossom” “The Confession of a Bear” “The Good Old Days with Democracy, Science and Law” and the short story series Sun on Riches: “The Rich in China” “In the Name of Love” “The Adventures of Mary Qian” “Showcase of the Wealth” “Love and Desire”, the short story collection "How to Forget You in the Rest of My Life", among others. 

 

Her novels have won dozens of awards, including the Excellence Award of Chinese Writers’ Erdos National Literature Award. Her novel “The Map of Time” is a best-seller in China 2017. "Person in a Bottle" is in the process of being adapted into a TV series and a movie by the director Zhang Yibai, who is a representative of sixth generation directors in China.

 

The English version of “The Confession of a Bear” was published in the US. Her novella "Farewell" "Ignition" "Second Son" was translated into English, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, and published in the local literature journals. 

 

As one of the Shanghai middle class, Sun Wei is acutely tuned to the many psychological issues of Chinese urban dwellers, and her works vividly reflect their loneliness, pride and sense of alienation. The tension and horror of contemporary life that Sun Wei’s fiction reveals has caused a sensation in recent years.

 

孙 未

 

上海作家协会专业作家。英国霍松丹学者奖金获得者、丹麦黑尔国际写作计划成员、爱尔兰科克驻市作家、匈牙利佩奇驻市作家、瑞典波罗的海文学中心驻会作家、拉脱维亚文斯皮尔兹文学中心驻会作家、罗马尼亚多瑙河挈达特文化中心驻会作家、爱尔兰利默里克文化城市年访问作家、瑞士弗兰兹艾德玛雅学者奖金获得者、美国爱荷华大学交换项目访问作家。中国作家协会会员。

 

已出版书籍18部,包括长篇小说《岁月有张凶手的脸》《单身太久会被杀掉的》《熊的自白书》《寻花》《我爱德赛洛》等,孙未金钱系列小说《豪门季》《爱欲季》《钱美丽》《富人秀》《奢华秀》等,随笔集《女性主义者的饭票》等,以及心理学评论集《我们这个时代的病》《我们这个时代的爱》等。另在重要文学期刊发表发表《深雪养老院》《瓶中人》《大地尽头》等长篇小说,《镜子》《愿同尘与灰》《夜行人》《好运气》《两岸》《养鹰人》《谁在谁的房间》等中短篇小说,《卡斯塔里》《蓝湖庄园历险记》等非虚构作品计40余部。作品获第九届、第六届中国作家鄂尔多斯文学奖、上海文学奖等多个奖项,小说《熊的自白书》《点火》《次子》《告别》等被译成英语、法语、西班牙语、保加利亚语、匈牙利语、拉脱维亚语等多种文字在欧美地区出版与发表,并有多部作品与国内外影视公司签约。

 

孙未被称为中国都市中产写作的重要代表人物之一。她的文字总会直抵人心深处——那些暗夜中的理想、阳光下的罪恶、人性幽微中的光芒。

 

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Sun Wei’s writing describes in detail today’s Shanghai, a well-developed metropolis. Her novels mainly focus on the strife, bullying and stress of the contemporary workplace, with characters running the gamut of all social classes, including bureaucrats, billionaires, and celebrities, as well as ordinary people.

 

Her stories investigate the "malaise" in contemporary China. In the last three decades, the economy has been developing at an incredible speed, which brings both miracles and disasters to people’s lives. Sun Wei is interested in the awkward  conditions people now live under, where they are too busy even to know who they are.

 

Shanghai born and bred, Sun Wei is adept at peeling off the glazes from the surface of life and exposing the readers to the seamy side of a metropolis, in a way that is both appalling and close to the bone. All of her characters have a kind of split personality; they are incapable of coping with their relationships with each other and are even doubtful about their own existence.

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The grand, marvelous landscape (especially those set in the vast and mountainous areas) is the most attractive part of Sun Wei’s books. As a female writer, she rarely whines. Instead, she shines with her words coming boldly out of a passion and the strength of her character. Her writing is like a ray of sunshine flooding the room and radiating warmth and positive energy into the usual soft tints of the sky in South China. And that makes her stand out among many writers from Shanghai.

Sun Wei’s writings are truly inspirational as they give people courage and hope in the face of difficulty. She makes people see that love exists even if they are plunged into the depth of despair. 

                     ——Wang Hongtu, Fudan University literary professor

   

    Flexible and creative, Sun Wei is a talented and diligent writer who has gone beyond the stereotypes. Different from most writers of the 70s generation, Sun writes with crystal clear logic and a prudent voice that rarely involves erotic or seductive scenes. Her approach to literary composition where the writer observes the characters from a distance can be regarded as a classical style of writing. It may seem less appealing to modern readers who read for feverish productions. However, the tension, loneliness and horror of contemporary life transmitted from her writing has had a much stronger sensation in recent years.

                                    ——Liang Jie, literary critic