Yan Lianke, born in Luoyang, China, in 1958, is one of his country's most important writers. He studied literature at the Chinese People's Liberation Army College of Arts. Some of his works are bestsellers there, others are banned, including the two novels "Serve the People" and “The Dream of Ding Village,” which were published in German. He has received two of China's most prestigious literary awards for his books, the Lao She Prize and the Lu Xun Prize. In 2014, he won the Franz Kafka Prize for Literature. Yan Lianke lives in Beijing.
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