Born in April 1960, Yu Hua practiced dentistry for five years before turning to writing fiction in 1983. Yu Hua has published five novels, six collections of short stories and five collections of essays. His most important works include Brothers, To Live, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, Cries in the Drizzle, The Seventh Day and China in Ten Words. His works have been translated into over 30 languages. Yu Hua has been the recipient of numerous international awards and honours, including the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy, 1998), the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2004), the Prix Courrier International (France, 2008) and the Giuseppe Acerbi International Literary Prize (Italy, 2014). In 2002 he became the first chinese novelist to win the prestigious James Joyce Foundation Award.