Zhejiang Literature In Contemporary Era
    The Cotemporary Era of Zhejiang Literature refers to the period from the early after-liberation years when the literature was comparatively weak till today, totaling over half a century.
    As for novel, there were such works in the early after-liberation years like Chen Xuezhao's Working Is Beautiful, Ji Fang's The People Traveled At Night, Zheng Bingqian's Liu Jindao and His Wife which were mainly songs for the new life and with the characteristic of the era. The Culture Revolution caused the depression of the literature but later after implementing the open and reform policy, Zhejiang Literature began to recover. There were many novelettes and short stories, and formed various literature genres like Scar Literature, Reconsideration Literature, Root-seeking Literature and Reform Literature. In 1983, Li Hangyu wrote Relique of Shazhao which made the Wu-Yue culture as its background; in 1985, Zhang Tingzhu released He Died Before Daybreak which made the Self-defense and Counterattack War as its theme. These two short novels won the National Literature Award successively.
    In 1994, the female writer Ye Wenling received a U.S. Award for her river novel The Valley Without Dreams. And she also wrote the long history novel Qiu Jin and some other novels.
    Another female writer Wang Xufeng won the Mao Dun Literature Award by her tea peasants' trilogy published by Zhejiang Arts Publishing House. The series consisted of The Southern Woods (1995), The Nightless Marquis (1998) and Build Up A City With Grasses (1999).
    Contemporarily, there were many important novel collections like Li Hangyu's The Last Fisher and Birthday Gift, Lin Jinlan's The Scenery of the Creepie Bridge and Li Qingxi's sketchbook collection The World's Notes, etc.
There were such important novelettes like Wan Zhecheng and Wen Xiaoyu's Soil, Ye Lin and Xu Xiaoyu's A Yard With No Doorplate, Ye Wenling's The Scenery of Changtang Town and A Romantic Dusk, Yu Hua's Alive and Wang Biao's The Deadly Imitation, etc.
    There were such important river novels like Xu Chi's autobiographic novel A Small Town of River South, Cheng Weijun's chapter style novel The Resentment of Ou River and Xi Shi.
    Besides, Zhejiang Arts Publishing House published the Hangzhou-origin Taiwan writer Gao Yang's history novels Hu Xueyan and Xiao Baicai.
Wang Xufeng, writer of The Tea Peasants' Trilogy
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