Tian Dawei

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Tian Dawei
Native name
Beijing, China
Died2013 (aged 8182)
Language Chinese, Russian
Alma mater North China University of Technology
Notable works The Gulag Archipelago
Relativesfather: Tian Han
mother: An E

Tian Dawei (Chinese :田大畏; pinyin :Tián Dàwèi; August 1931 12 June 2013) was a Chinese translator and official. He served as vice president of the National Library of China, and was an official in the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. [1]


Tian was among the first in China who translated the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn into Chinese. [2]


Tian was born in a high educated family, in 1931, in Beijing, the son of An E (安娥), a poet and translator, and Tian Han, a playwright who wrote the lyrics for March of the Volunteers in 1934.

In 1936, Tian studied at a primary school in Baoding, Hebei. In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Tian fled to Shaanxi.

From 1940 to 1946, Tian studied at Yucai School (育才学校) in Hechuan County, Chongqing.

In June 1946, Tian returned to Beijing and studied at Beijing No. 4 High School.

Tian attended Beifang University (北方大学) from December 1946 to August 1948. Tian entered North China University of Technology in August 1948, majoring in Russian language.

After graduating in January 1949 he was appointed an officer to the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, he retired in February 1994.

Tian joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1953.

Tian died at Beijing Friendship Hospital (北京友谊医院), in Beijing, on June 12, 2013.



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