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CLARISSA SEBAG MONTEFIORE

Mainland author and director Zhu Wen hit the literary limelight in 1994 with his short story I Love Dollars , in which a writer chases sex and money in a second-tier city with his ageing father in tow. This month Zhu has a new collection of short stories out in English, The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan: More Stories of China , translated by Julia Lovell. Like many of his works, it deals scathingly with the moral chasm left in Mao Zedong's wake. He talks to Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore .

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