Author(s): Liao Yiwu & Wen Huang
The Corpse Walker is a collection of twenty-seven extraordinary interviews that opens a window, unlike any other, onto the lives of ordinary, often outcast, Chinese men and women. Liao Yiwu reconstructs conversations he had between 1990 and 2008 with a range of remarkable people: a professional mourner, a human trafficker, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a former landowner, a mortician, a feng shui master, a former Red Guard, a political prisoner, a village teacher, a blind street musician, a Falun Gong practitioner and a corpse walker. The result is an idiosyncratic, powerful and dignified portrait of a people, a time and a place we might otherwise have never known.
A stunning series of portraits of a generation and class of individuals ignored in history books and unacknowledged in the accounts of the new China. Publishers Weekly
Revealing…full of forbearance and forgiveness…Each re-created interview…captures a particular individual at a crucial time in Chinese history. New York Times Book Review
Stunning…Revealing in its incidental details…Liao brings us fascinating insights into the lives of all manner of workers…an addictive book.Bookforum
Reading The Corpse Walker is like walking with Liao: Even though our feet are not blistered and our bodies are not starved, in the end we are shaken and moved.
San Francisco Chronicle
Liao Yiwu is a Chinese poet, novelist and screenwriter. In 1989, he published an epic poem, 'Massacre', that condemned the killings in Tiananmen Square and for which he spent four years in prison. In 2007, he received a Freedom to Write Award from the Independent Chinese PEN Centre. Liao Yiwu lives in Sichuan Province, China.
Wen Huang is a US-based writer and freelance journalist whose articles and translations have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Asia, Chicago Tribune, South China Morning Post, Christian Science Monitor and Paris Review.