Sun 18 March 2018 at 4.00 pm

Su Tong at the 2018 Oxford Literary Festival

Man Asian Literary Prize-winning Chinese novelist Su Tong talks about his life and work - interviewed by Angus Phillips

Taking Place: Weston Lecture Theatre - Oxford Literary Festival

Tong is one of the most acclaimed novelists in China and has written eight novels and more than 200 short stories, some of which have been translated into English, German, Italian, French and other languages. He gained an international readership when his novella Wives and Concubines was filmed by the director Zhang Yimou as the Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning Raise the Red Lantern. In 2009, he was awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize for his work The Boat to Redemption. 

In 2011, Tong was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. In 2015 he was the co-winner of the Mao Dun Literature Prize for Yellow Sparrow. His novels also include RiceMy Life as EmperorBinu and Great Wall of China. Su Tong is the pen name of Tong Zhonggui; he was born in Suzhou and lives in Nanjing.

Here he talks to Angus Phillips, director of the Confucius Institute and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University.