Murong Xuecun (China)
After graduating from Beijing's University of Political Science and Law, Murong Xuecun worked briefly as a lawyer before starting to write in 2001. His first novel Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu took China by storm in 2002. One of China's most famous authors, Murong is celebrated for his darkly funny novels about contemporary urban life. His latest books include the novel Dancing Through Red Dust and the non-fiction People's Literature Prize Winner China: In the Absence of a Memory.