Feature: The Mao Dun Literature Prize
Zhang Wei _ Excerpts from You Are on the Highland / 10
Liu Xinglong _ Excerpt from Holy Heaven's Gate / 20
Mo Yan _ On Winning and Prize Acceptance Speech / 29
Bi Feiyu _ Prize Acceptance Speech and On Writing Massage / 33
Liu Zhenrrun _ Excerpts from A Word /s Worrh Ten Thousand Words / 42
Fiction / Non-Fiction
Jiang Yitan _ 'China Story' / 51
Di An _ 'Williams' Tomb' / 71
Qi Ge _ 'The Sugar Blower' / 87
Xiang Zuotie _ 'A Rare Steed for the Martial Emperor' and 'Raising Whales' / 99
Lijuan _ 'The Winter of 2009' and 'The Road to Weeping Spring' / 105
Lei Pingyang _ Prayer-Poem on Mt.Jinuo, White Herons, Keeping a Cat, Going Home for a Funeral,The Myna Bird Asks a Question, Collectivist Insect Calls, and Abandoned City / 113
Hou Ma _ BloodsucHng Rapture, Subway, Li Hong's Kiss and A Wolf？ In Sheep'sClothing？ / 19
Sun Lei _ Travel / 121
Yu Xiang _ Sunlight Shines Where It's Needed, My House, They, A Gust of Wind,Low Key,It Goes Without Saying, Holy Front and Street / 123
Wong Leung Wo _ At Midnight,l See Your Shoes in the Bathroom - for Ying Ting, Father,This is the Last Day, The Story of Santa and I Thought We Wouldn't Meet Again /129
Xi Chuan _ The Body and History, Ill Fortune H 00325,LooHng at the Muralin the Ruicheng Temple of Eternaljoy and Dragon / 135
Li Er _ Stephen's Back' / 141
Eight hundred thousand. Down payment wouldbe one hundred and sixty thousand. Closing his eyes,Mr. Na started to work out the numbers in his head.
"Dad, forget about the house. I'm in no rush, I'mhappy renting."
"I wasn't saying anything. You try to get off earlyand eat."
"Okay, I'm hanging up now."
Mr. Na slowly put down the handset and let out along sigh, looking around his little apartment. With-out his help, how could his son ever be able to buy anapartment？ Without an apartment, how could lus songet married？ The sixty square-meter two-bedroomapartment in which Mr. Na currently lived was old,but it was in a great location. It would be worth about120,000 yuan on the local housing market. That, plushis savings, should be enough for a down payment onhis son's future apartment. Mr. Na suddenly felt hiswhole body lighten, and he was no longer dizzy. Hedecided to tell his wife about his decision to sell theapartment.
"My dear, I've got something to tell you... Junioris in Beijing by himself... The housing price there isOut of control... He needs his own place in order toget married in the future... So I want... I want to sellour apartment and use the money to help him buyan apartment in Beijing, though it might not be asbig as this one... One has to have a place to live first,before he can enjoy his career, right？ What did yousay？ Where am I going to live ifl sell this apartment？Oh, I have it all planned out. With my monthly pen-sion over a thousand yuan, I can afford to rent a smallapartment. What more do I need？ As long as I am notexposed to the winds or rains, it's good enough for me,don't you agree？ My health is... it's all right. Didn'tfeel very well these past coupe of days, probably dueto lack of sleep... Our son is doing pretty well. He justcalled... I can read his articles now... He was surprisedand thought my student told me the story... My dear,I'll tell you the truth, I went through his article wordby word... I haven't worked so hard in yearsl,.. Am Itired？ Well, truthfully, a ittle bit... But I was so glad！Being able to read his article made me feel he wasnearby... nearby... My dear, don't you worry about meover there... I am okay, just a bit dizzy these days... Itwill pass once I've had some rest... Well, my dear, it'ssettled then. I will start to arrange for the sale tomor-row morning... Now I am tired and going to get somesleep... I will let you know how things go once I amdone tomorrow...".