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Yu Hua is the author of four novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2002, he became the first Chinese writer to win the James Joyce Award.

China in Ten Words

Yu Hua

China in Ten Words captures the heart of the Chinese people in an intimate, profound and often disturbing way. If you think you know China, you will be challenged to think again. If you don’t know China, you will be introduced to a country that is unlike anything you have heard from travellers or read about in the newsWall Street Journal

Caustic and difficult to forget, China in Ten Words is a people’s eye view of a world in which the people have little place’ Pico Iyer TIME

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From one of China’s most acclaimed writers, his first work of non-fiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the past several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the country’s meteoric economic rise and social transformation.

Framed by ten words or phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words reveals as never before the world’s most populous yet most often misunderstood nation. With Yu Hua’s wit, insight and courage, this is a refreshingly candid vision of the ‘Chinese miracle’ and all its consequences, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a leading writer living in China today.

Two of the author's novels were named in the Top Ten most influential books of the decade by Wen Hui Bao, Shanghai's biggest newspaper.