Liu Zhenyun

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Liu Zhenyun
Native name
刘震云
BornMay 1958 (age 61)
Yanjin County, Henan, China
OccupationWriter
Language Chinese
Alma mater Peking University
Notable works Someone to Talk To
Notable awards Mao Dun Literature Prize
2011
Spouse Guo Jianmei 郭建梅
Children Liu Yulin

Liu Zhenyun (born May 1958) is a Chinese novelist and screenwriter. [1] He is best known for his novel Someone to Talk To (awarded the 2011 Mao Dun Literature Prize) as well as his involvement with the many film adaptions of his books. Among these is I Am Not Madame Bovary, produced in collaboration with director Feng Xiaogang, a frequent collaborator of Liu. He is married to noted human rights activist Guo Jianmei. [2]

One Sentence Is Ten Thousand Sentences is a novel written by Liu Zhenyun from 2006 to 2008. It was awarded the Mao Dun Literature Prize in 2011.

Mao Dun Literature Prize literary award

Mao Dun Literature Prize is a prize for novels, established in the will of prominent Chinese writer Mao Dun and sponsored by the China Writers Association. Awarded every four years, it is one of the most prestigious literature prizes in China. It was first awarded in 1982.

<i>I Am Not Madame Bovary</i> 2016 Chinese film directed by Feng Xiaogang

I Am Not Pan Jinlian, known in English as I Am Not Madame Bovary, is a 2016 Chinese comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang and written by Liu Zhenyun, based on Liu's 2012 novel I Did Not Kill My Husband. The film stars Fan Bingbing, Zhang Jiayi, Yu Hewei, Dong Chengpeng and Guo Tao. It was selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. and won the award for Best Achievement in Directing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. It was released in China on 18 November 2016.

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Life and Work

Liu grew up in the village of Laozhuang in Yanjin County, Henan, China. At age 14, he left his village and joined the army. [3] At age 20, he took the national college entrance exam, achieved the highest score in Henan province, and was accepted at Peking University. [4] After graduation, he became a journalist. [5] In the 1980s Liu began to concentrate seriously on his literary career, publishing his debut novella Tapu, in 1987.

Yanjin County, Henan County in Henan, Peoples Republic of China

Yanjin County is a county under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Xinxiang, in the north of Henan province, China.

Henan Province

Henan is a landlocked province of the People's Republic of China, located in the central part of the country. Henan is often referred to as Zhongyuan or Zhongzhou (中州), which literally means "central plain" or "midland", although the name is also applied to the entirety of China proper. Henan is the birthplace of Chinese civilization, with over 3,000 years of recorded history, and remained China's cultural, economical and political center until approximately 1,000 years ago.

Peking University university in Beijing, China

Peking University is a major research university in Beijing, China, and a member of the elite C9 League of Chinese universities. The first modern national university established in China, it was founded during the late Qing Dynasty in 1898 as the Imperial University of Peking and was the successor of the Guozijian, or Imperial College. The university's English name retains the older transliteration of "Beijing" that has been superseded in most other contexts.

He went on to publish novels such as Hometown, Regime and Blood (故乡天下黄花), Anecdotes in the Hometown (故乡相处流传), Material and Spirit in the Hometown (故乡面和花朵), Nonsense Talk (一腔废话), Cell Phone (手机), The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon (我叫刘跃进).

His novels Someone to Talk To (一句顶一万句) and I Did Not Kill My Husband (我不是潘金莲) have sold over a million copies each. Someone to Talk To was awarded with Mao Dun Literature Prize in 2011 [6] and has sold more than 1.6 million copies.

He has also authored novellas such as A Small Town: Tapu (塔铺), Recruits (新兵连), The Office (单位), Ground Covered with Chicken Feathers (一地鸡毛), Remembering 1942 (温故一九四二). Throughout the years, Liu's works have been translated into over 28 languages. [7]

Many of Liu's books have been adapted into TV series and movies. He has written the screenplays for some of them including: A Small Town: Tapu, Ground Covered with Chicken Feathers, The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon, Remembering 1942 , Someone to Talk To , I Did Not Kill My Husband. Several of these adapted films have been awarded in the film festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Rome Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, among others.

<i>Someone to Talk To</i> 2016 Chinese drama film directed by Liu Yulin

Someone to Talk To is a 2016 Chinese drama film directed by Liu Yulin, a Tisch School of the Arts student and a silver medalist at the 41st Student Academy Awards, in her feature film directorial debut.

Toronto International Film Festival annual film festival held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually. Since its founding in 1976, TIFF has grown to become a permanent destination for film culture operating out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, located in downtown Toronto. TIFF's mission is "to transform the way people see the world through film".

Rome Film Festival Film festival that takes place in Rome, Italy

International Rome Film Festival is a film festival that takes place in Rome, Italy, during the month of October. The actual complete name in Italian is Festa del Cinema di Roma.

Themes and Influences

Liu often credits his upbringing in Yanjin county as influencing his work, especially growing up in the shadow of the 1942 famine. [8] He also is noted for including political criticism as well as advocating for social justice in his works. [9]

Chinese famine of 1942–43 1942-1943 famine in Henan, China

The Chinese famine of 1942–43 occurred mainly in Henan, most particularly within the eastern and central part of the province. The famine occurred within the context of the Second Sino-Japanese War and resulted from a combination of natural and human factors. 2 to 3 million people died of starvation or disease and upwards of 4 million fled Henan.

Works

YearTitleChinese PublisherEnglish PublisherTranslator
1989A Small Town: Tapu (塔铺)[ citation needed ] Writers Publishing House
1991Hometown, Regime and Blood (故乡天下黄花) [10] 中国青年出版社

(China Youth Press)

1992Corridors of Power (官场) [11] 华艺出版社

(Hua Yi Publishing House)

Chinese Literature Press David Kwan
1992Ground Covered with Chicken Feathers (一地鸡毛) [12] China Youth Press Foreign Languages Press [13]
1992Official (官人) [14] 长江文艺出版社

(Yangtze River Literature & Art Publishing House)

1993Anecdotes in the Hometown (故乡相处流传) [15] Hua Yi Publishing House
1998Material and Spirit in the Hometown (故乡面和花朵) [16]
2002Nonsense Talk (一腔废话)[ citation needed ]中国工人出版社

(China Workers Publishing House)

2003Cellphone (手机) [17] Writers Publishing HouseMerwinAsia [18] Howard Goldblatt
2007The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon (我叫刘跃进) [19] [20] Yangtze River Literature & Art Publishing House Arcade Publishing Sylvia Li-chun Lin & Howard Goldblatt
2009 Someone to Talk To (一句顶一万句) [21] [22] (also known as One Sentence Is Ten Thousand Sentences) Duke University Press
2009Remembering 1942 (温故一九四二) [23] [24] People's Literature Publishing House Arcade Publishing
2012I Did Not Kill My Husband (我不是潘金莲) [25] [26] Yangtze River Literature & Art Publishing House
2017The Era of Watermelon Eaters [27] [28] (吃瓜时代的儿女们)Changjiang Literature and Art Publishing House

(长江文艺出版社)

Awards

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