王安忆 Wang Anyi
Wang Anyi is regarded as one of the most important authors in China today. She was born in Nanjing in 1954 but in 1955 she moved to Shanghai, the city where her mother, Ru Zhijuan, also a writer, was born. At the start of her career she wrote mainly semi-autobiographical stories about the experiences of young people in the countryside; later she turned her attention to realistic descriptions of women's lives. Her novel The Everlasting Regret (1995) is seen as the highpoint of her work. Through the story of the tumultuous life of her central character, a former beauty queen, Wang Anyi paints a nostalgic and at the same time ironic portrait of Shanghai from the 1940s to the 1990s. Among books by Wang Anyi that have appeared in Dutch is the novel Baotown (Wereldvenster, 1990).