Murong Xuecun

After graduating from Beijing's University of Political Science and Law, Murong worked briefly as a lawyer, before starting to write in 2001. His first novel Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu took China by storm in 2002. One of China's most famous authors, Murong is celebrated for his darkly funny novels about contemporary urban life. His latest book include the novel Dancing Through Red Dust and the non-fiction 2010 People's Literature Prize winner The Missing Ingredient. Murong has a million + followers on Chinese social media site www.sina.com.


Grow Your Own Medicine

Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu

Murong Xuecun

Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu is a bitter take on love and life in modern China. It's the story of three young men, Chen Zhong, Li Liang and Big Head Wang, and their tragicomic struggle to make their way in Chengdu, China's fifth most populous city. Despite their aspirations in the newly capitalist China, the trio's lives are beset by dead-end jobs, gambling debts, drinking, drugs, and whoring. Complicated relationships with women, whether they be pregnant mistresses, angry wives or passive lovers, compound their misery. Now translated in English and available in its original 'uncensored' form, this is an unflinching and darkly funny look at the pressures of life in modern China, where riches and sex abound... but not for all.

Awards & Reviews

Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize (2008)

"The enfant terrible of Chinese literature." - Sydney Morning Herald

"Murong's perceptive take on China's social malaise makes this novel as literary as it is page-turning." - The Ag
e
"It's difficult to appreciate how startling Murong's harsh vision is in China, where the media pumps out a constant barrage of mindlessly positive stories about economic growth and saccharine praise of political leaders. Unsurprisingly, the writer's frank descriptions of corruption and random fornication have provoked considerable ire."
- Spectrum

"Murong presents vivid images of a new China, a China in transition, where traditional values clash with the cut-throat individualism of a particularly raw type of capitalist ideology. That kind of an anomaly enlivens other aspects of this fascinating book." - SMH

"Chen Zhong is a portrayal of modern man. He represents the helplessness of human beings, and the helplessness of society." - China Youth Daily

"Leave Me Alone… is a sign, representing an extremely important turn in Chinese
literature: from the 1980s onwards Chinese literature unceasingly found strength from struggles against external forces. Struggles against history, against big narratives, against the persecution of intellectuals, physical struggles. But what we have now discovered is that the thing we really need to struggle against is ourselves. For Murong...the most savage of battlefields is that inside a person's heart. The world's problems basically start with the problems of individuals."
- from a review by contemporary China's most respected critic, Li Jingzi, published in Southern Weekend.


FICTION
Published:
Australia/NZ 2009 · Allen&Unwin
Brazil 2013 · Geracao Editorial
China 2003 · 21st Century Publishing House
France 2006 · Editions de l'Olivier
Germany 2008 · Zweitausendeins
Vietnam 2009 · Bach Viet

* All other rights available


Dancing Through Red Dust

Dancing Through Red Dust

Murong Xuecun

A novel delving into the secretive world of China's legal system.

Wei Da's nightmare starts when he wins 150,000 yuan in a game of Mahjong.

Knowing he has money, his girlfriend Xiao Li and her ex-boyfriend blackmail him. While defending himself, Wei Da accidentally kills Xiao Li's ex. To avoid being prosecuted, he destroys evidence, hides his assets and plans to flee China. About to escape, he is incarcerated in the horrific Cao River Remand Centre. The worst of human nature is exhibited here and as Wei Da tries to atone, the day of his execution encroaches.

FICTION
Published:
China 2008 · Zhuhai Publishing House
France 2013 · Gallimard
* Sample translation available
* All other rights available


The Missing Ingredient

The Missing Ingredient

Murong Xuecun

In November 2010 Murong won the People's Literature Prize for his acclaimed new book The Missing Ingredient, an account of how he infiltrated an illegal pyramid scheme in Jiangxi province for several weeks and later had to flee for his life. His evidence led to the arrest of a significant number of the ringleaders of the group.

Murong had prepared to use the People's Prize acceptance speech to criticise China's continued censorship of writers but as he ascended the platform, he was barred from speaking.

His banned acceptance speech was published around the world, including in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post and Rue 89.

Awards
Winner - People's Literature Prize 2010


FICTION
Published:

China 2010 · China Peace Publishing House
France 2014 · Gallimard
* Sample translation available
* All other rights available

Video – 'Murong on Internet Literature in China at Asia Society'
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Video – 'Murong at the Melbourne Town Hall [Chinese]'
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