Novelist and illustrator Jin Yucheng was born in Shanghai in 1952. In 1969, he was sent to northern China, 3,000 kilometres from his home, to work as a farmer. He returned to Shanghai seven years later.
Jin published his first novel in 1985 and became editor of Shanghai Literature in 1988.
In 2012, Jin published a 350,000-character novel Blossoms which was awarded the 11th Chinese Literature Media Award, the 1st Lu Xun Literature Prize, and the 9th Mao Dun Literature Prize.
Blossoms, described by writer and president of the China Writers Association Lei Da as, “one of the best Shanghainese novels and one of China’s best urban novels”, has been adapted into Suzhou Pingtan folk art, a musical and even manga. Film director Wong Kar-wai (Days of Being Wild, Happy Together) secured the rights to the novel and is currently producing a film and television series of the same name.
Blossoms will soon be published in English (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), French (Éditions Gallimard), Japanese (Hayakawa Publishing), Italian (Guanda), and Spanish (Navona).
In recent years, Jin Yucheng has turned to painting and held several art exhibitions.