Quotes by Yu Hua

"If literature truly possesses a mysterious power, I think perhaps it is precisely this: that one can read a book by a writer of a different time, a different country, a different race, a different language, and a different culture and there encounter a sensation that is one's very own."

"Your life is given to you by your parents. If you don't want to live, you have to ask them first."

"It’s better to live an ordinary life. If you go on striving for this and that, you’ll end up paying with your life."

"No matter how lucky a person is, the moment he decides he wants to die, there's nothing that will keep him alive."

"The emperor beckons me; he wants me to marry his daughter.
The road to the capital is long and distant; I don't want her."

Books by Yu Hua

  • To Live
  • 9,879 ratings
  • August 26th 2003 by Anchor Books

    (first published 1992)

  • China in Ten Words
  • 4,771 ratings
  • November 8th 2011 by Pantheon

    (first published January 1st 2011)

  • Brothers
  • 2,336 ratings
  • January 27th 2009 by Pantheon

    (first published January 1st 2005)

  • The Seventh Day
  • 2,105 ratings
  • January 13th 2015 by Pantheon

    (first published June 2013)

Yu Hua
  • Yu Hua

  • Date of birth: April 03, 1960
  • Born: in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.

  • Description: Yu Hua (simplified Chinese: 余华; traditional Chinese: 余華; pinyin: Yú Huá) is a Chinese author, born April 3, 1960 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. He practiced dentistry for five years and later turned to fiction writing in 1983 because he didn't like "looking into people’s mouths the whole day." Writing allowed him to be more creative and flexible.[citation needed] He grew up during the Cultural Revolution and many of his stories and novels are marked by this experience. One of the distinctive characteristics of his work is his penchant for detailed descriptions of brutal violence.Yu Hua has written four novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. His most important novels are Chronicle of a Blood Merchant and To Live. The latter novel was adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. Because the film was banned in China, it instantly made the novel a bestseller and Yu Hua a worldwide celebrity. His novels have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Hungarian, Serbian, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam and Turkish.(from Wikipedia)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Hua_...