Man Asian Literary Prize goes to Chinese author Bi Feiyu
Chinese author Bi Feiyu was awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize 2010 for his novel "Three Sisters" in a ceremony in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The prize includes a $30,000 award for Bi Feiyu and a $5,000 translation award to be split between Sylvia Li-chun Li and Howard Goldblatt.
This is the third time the award has gone to a Chinese writer in the four-year history of the Man Asian Literary Prize. Writers in 26 nations in the Asia-Pacific region are eligible to enter, but by the time the competitors had been narrowed to a shortlist, they represented just three countries: China, India and Japan. Nobel prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe was among those shortlisted, for his book "The Changeling."
In announcing the prize, the judges described Bi Feiyu's novel as, "A moving exploration of
Chinese family and village life during the Cultural Revolution, that moves seamlessly between the
epic and the intimate, the heroic and the petty, illuminating not only individual lives but an entire
society, within a gripping tale of familial conflict and love."
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Bi Feiyu after being awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong on Thursday. Credit: Ed Jones/ AFP/Getty Images