Preparing for Yan Lianke's blistering new book, The Day the Sun Died | Grove Atlantic
As 2018 begins winding down, we can look back and say that it's been, in some ways, the Year of Yan Lianke, hailed aptly by the Financial Times as "China's most feted and most banned author." Yan's international profile has never been higher — recent weeks have seen a major, in-depth profile at the New Yorker, a stunning interview with the Guardian, selection as The Week's Author of the Week, and no shortage of critical raves. Modest, direct, and, he avers, virtually unread in his own country, Yan may be something of an unlikely standard-bearer for world protest literature. And yet, increasingly, that's exactly what he is — a role likely only to be bolstered by his latest work to appear in English, the novel The Day the Sun Died, forthcoming on December 11th. Yan was born around 1958 in a small farming village in China's Henan Province. An avid reader from a young age (he describes the classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber as his "first love"), he spent his adolescence in manual