Xu Xiaobin

Xu Xiaobin, born in 1953 into an intellectual family in Beijing, is a member of the China’s Writers Association. She spent nine years in the countryside and at a factory during the Cultural Revolution until 1978 when she entered the Chinese University of Central Finance just after universities had reopened and entrance examinations were held nation wide. She began publishing her writings in 1981. Currently she works as a staff screenplay writer at China’s Television Production Center. She has published numerous fictions, novellas and collections of prose.

Books by this Author

Dunhuang Dream
Feathered Serpent

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. My motto is: Honesty doesn’t hang on the printed word, nor beauty on powder and paint.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To be misunderstood by friends.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I would like to be a Cycas revolute, an earthy and unadorned plant, that can mysteriously “sleep” for a long time, but once awake, becomes full of life again.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Sophia Loren

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. China’s Book of Songs describes it as going hand in hand through life with the one you love.