Han Dong was born in 1961 in Nanjing, and shortly afterwards he and his parents were banished to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. He later studied Shandong University, graduating in 1982, and went on to teach philosophy in colleges in Xi’an and Nanjing. Han Dong began writing in 1980 and by the 1990s had became renowned as one of the finest poets of his generation. He has since become increasingly influential as an essayist, short story writer, blogger and novelist. His story ‘The Wig’ was the focus of the 2012 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize.