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A Life in Words


PART OF Cultural Medallion SERIES
By: You Jin
Publisher: Epigram Books
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    Translated from Chinese by Shelly Bryant

    “For many years, I have made my living by the pen. In 2005, when my autobiography was published in Chinese, I gave it the title《文字就是生命》 or A Life in Words. These words encapsulate the beautiful connection between me and my lifelong devotion to the literary arts. Literature and I have transformed into a single entity, and I can feel Chinese characters bobbing along through my veins.”

    Acclaimed author You Jin recounts her life as a daughter, writer and mother in this enlightening memoir. She traces the paths taken by her parents in Malaysia before moving the family to Singapore, and how her mother instilled in her a kind of reverence for books; before continuing her tale with anecdotes about working as a reporter and herself being a mother and trying to impart her life lessons to them. It's a mesmerising tale that will keep you turning the page. 

  • You Jin has published more than 150 books in Chinese in Singapore, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. These include novels, short story collections, travelogues and essays. She is the first recipient of both the Singapore Chinese Literary Award and the Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literary Award. She received the Zhong Shan Literary Award in 2010 and Singapore’s Cultural Medallion in 2009.

ISBN: 9789814615457
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 304
Year Published: 2016
Size: 152mm x 225mm