My father, a 72-year-old former state-owned company employee and businessman, passed away recently and we returned his ashes to his home town, a small village called Ai’s Creek to the south of Fan, a town in Jiangxi Province. A man will only return to his birthplace in the countryside when he is dead. This is our reality.
A Yi’s books include the novel A Perfect Crime and the collections Grey Stories and The Bird Saw Me. His work has appeared in the Guardian and Paper Republic. He is the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Chutzpah. He lives in Beijing.More about the author →