Chinese writer Qi Yimin has penned more than 40 books since getting the idea for his first from working in the “surreal” multinational office of a trading company in Montreal, Canada. Photo: Simon Song
Chinese writer Qi Yimin has penned more than 40 books since getting the idea for his first from working in the “surreal” multinational office of a trading company in Montreal, Canada. Photo: Simon Song

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How the absurdist theatre of a Canadian trading company office sparked a Chinese humorist’s writing career

  • Qi Yimin’s job with a trading firm in Montreal gave him the idea for his first book. ‘People from all over worked there. The environment was surreal,’ he says
  • The Beijing-based writer talks about earning a PhD from Peking University, reading a book a day, penning more than 40 of his own and the urge to leave a legacy

Chinese writer Qi Yimin has penned more than 40 books since getting the idea for his first from working in the “surreal” multinational office of a trading company in Montreal, Canada. Photo: Simon Song
Chinese writer Qi Yimin has penned more than 40 books since getting the idea for his first from working in the “surreal” multinational office of a trading company in Montreal, Canada. Photo: Simon Song
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