SU Tong wins the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize
BEST-SELLING Chinese novelist SU TONG’s The Boat to Redemption (Doubleday, January 2010) has been awarded the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. The Boat to Redemption is a picaresque, political fable set in a small town in eastern China during the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. It is translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. Su is the author of Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Rice (1995), My Life as Emperor (2006) and Binu and the Great Wall (2007), and a collection of stories, Madwoman on a Bridge and Other Stories (2008). He is the second Chinese writer to win the three-year-old prize. The first was Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem (Hamish Hamilton, 2008) in 2007, also translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. Miguel Syjuco won the prize in 2008 with Ilustrado (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, April 2010).