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Su Tong honoured by Lu Xun Literature Prize

21st October 2010

Chinese author Su Tong has won the short story category in the Lu Xun Literature Prize.

Su, who is best known for novels such as Binu and the Great Wall and The Boat to Redemption, took home the accolade for his story 'Cigu', the Global Times reported.

The author said that writing short stories requires specialist skills and compared it to 'micro-carving', but claimed the form seems to be 'neglected or forgotten' in modern China.

He told the newspaper: 'The Lu Xun Prize, with its eyes on novellas and short stories, is like a bunch of flowers dedicated to the lonely writers.'

Among the 30 winners in the Lu Xun Literature Prize, which is one of China's top literary awards, were Epicenter in People's Heart by Li Mingsheng and National Order Form by Wang Shiyue.

The prize was formed in 1995 in honour of Lu Xun, who is regarded as the founder of modern Chinese literature, and is held every three years.

Chinese literature has been in the news of late. This week, Han Shaogong pipped Su to the post to win the 2011 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature for A Dictionary of Maqiao.

Meanwhile, Chinese dissident and writer Liu Xiaobo was named the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8th.
 

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