Yan Lianke-A Master of Chinese Literature, Book Festival 27.08

One of China’s renowned novelists, Yan Lianke, winner of the two of China’s most prestigious literary honors, the Lu Xun and the Lao She prizes, will make appearance in Edinburgh this August.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize three times, Beijing-based writer Yan Lianke makes Edinburgh his first UK festival visit, launching The Day the Sun Died. Typically satirical, Yan’s novel skewers the optimism of President Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’ as hero Li Niannian tries to persuade the reluctant sun to rise again.

The Book Festival programme is now available to book. To book your ticket for Yan Lianke on Monday 27 August at 20:30, please click here.




Yan Lianke was born in Song County, Henan Province, China. Though he lives in Beijing, he has said that his heart remains in Henan, and he has based numerous works on life in Henan. He entered the army in 1978. He graduated from Henan University in 1985 with a degree in politics and education. In 1991, he graduated from the People’s Liberation Army Art Institute with a degree in Literature.

He started writing in 1978 and his works include: Xia Riluo (夏日落), Serve the People! (为人民服务), Enjoyment (受活), and Dream of Ding Village (丁庄梦). He has also published more than ten volumes of short stories. Enjoyment, which was published in 2004, received wide acclaim in China.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see an acclaimed novelist this August!