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女性小说家Yiyun Li获2010年“麦克阿瑟奖”

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伊索尔 发表于 2010-9-30 09:28:05 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
女性小说家Yiyun Li获2010年“麦克阿瑟奖” http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/09/macarthur-fellows-2010-yiyun-li.html

September 27, 2010 |  9:01 pm

Yiyunli_in2009Author Yiyun Li is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, it was announced today. Li, who lives in northern California and is an assistant professor at UC Davis, was giddy when The Times reached her by phone. What will the fellowship mean to her? "It means that I have more time to write."

"At this moment, I have two children and I teach full time," she said. The MacArthur Fellowship-- $500,000, paid out over five years -- is a no-strings-attached grant, often referred to as a "genius grant." Looking into her future, Li expects "a little bit less teaching, a little more time to focus on writing."

The MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to "individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits" in all fields. This year's fellows include a biomedical animator, an oceanographer, an optical physicist, a theater director, a linguist, a molecular biologist and a stone carver.

Li was born and raised in China. She was in high school during the Tiananmen Square massacre; her parents locked her in her bedroom to keep her safe. She was a science student -- albeit one who carried a copy of James Joyce's "Dubliners" with her when she served in the Chinese army -- and came to the U.S. in 1996 to study immunology. She landed at the University of Iowa -- home of the elite Iowa Writers Workshop -- and began studying creative writing after finishing her bachelor of science degree there.

Earlier this year, Li was named one of the New Yorker's 20 Under 40, a list of upcoming fiction writers to watch. Her novel "The Vagrants" won the California Book Award for Fiction; her debut collection, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award and the California Book Award for first fiction. Her latest book, "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl," is also a short-story collection; released on September 14, it hasn't won any awards -- yet.

This class of MacArthur Fellows also includes historian Annette Gordon-Reed, whose meticulously researched books "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy" (1997) and "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" (2008) brought readers new understandings of Jefferson and the black families who worked for him. "The Hemingses of Monticello" won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in history; Gordon-Reed teaches at Harvard.

Television writer and producer David Simon, the creator of "The Wire," "The Corner" and "Treme," is also a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. He spoke to our sibling blog Showtracker.

Previous MacArthur Fellows include authors Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Lydia Davis, Colson Whitehead, Edwidge Danticat, David Foster Wallace and George Saunders.

Winning the MacArthur, Li said, "is not something I would even dream about."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Yiyun Li at home in Oakland in 2009. Credit: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times
 楼主| 伊索尔 发表于 2010-9-30 00:22:52 | 显示全部楼层

《游民》简介

《游民》简介The Vagrants

Brilliant and illuminating, this astonishing debut novel by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, we follow a group of people in a small town during this dramatic and harrowing time, the era that was a forebear of the Tiananmen Square uprising.

Morning dawns on the provincial city of Muddy River. A young woman, Gu Shan, a bold spirit and a follower of Chairman Mao, has renounced her faith in Communism. Now a political prisoner, she is to be executed for her dissent. Her distraught mother, determined to follow the custom of burning her only child's clothing to ease her journey into the next world, is about to make another bold decision. Shan's father, Teacher Gu, who has already, in his heart and mind, buried his rebellious daughter, begins to retreat into memories. Neither of them imagines that their daughter's death will have profound and far-reaching effects, in Muddy River and beyond.

In luminous prose, Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of these and other unforgettable characters, including a serious seven-year-old boy, Tong; a crippled girl named Nini; the sinister idler Bashi; and Kai, a beautiful radio news announcer who is married to a man from a powerful family. Life in a world of oppression and pain is portrayed through stories of resilience, sacrifice, perversion, courage, and belief. We read of delicate moments and acts of violence by mothers, sons, husbands, neighbors, wives, lovers, and more, as Gu Shan's execution spurs a brutal government reaction.

Writing with profound emotion, and in the superb tradition of fiction by such writers as Orhan Pamuk and J. M. Coetzee, Yiyun Li gives us a stunning novel that is at once a picture of life in a special part of the world during a historic period, a universal portrait of human frailty and courage, and a mesmerizing work of art.
FM 发表于 2010-10-15 11:07:53 | 显示全部楼层

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