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Dystopia & the Maiden

When repression intrudes into a society by degrees, it is felt first by the powerless of that society: its poor, its minorities, its women. The rights of the defenseless are the first to be compromised – but the process rarely stops there. Tonight’s authors have both envisioned, in allegorical or imagined form, the dangers of repression: what might have been; what has already happened; what might yet be. Charlotte Wood’s most recent novel, The Natural Way of Things, winner of the 2016 Stella Prize, imagines a near future where subtle misogyny has festered to the bursting point. Sheng Keyi’s Death Fugue, published in Australia in 2014, is a more overt dystopia, but one in which the female body is again one of the primary targets of control. Hear them discuss the present, the future, and their own visions of hope.

Moderated by Eric Abrahamsen.

Ticket Type Event Details Price
ADULT Dystopia & Maiden March 22, 2018 at 6:00 PM ¥ 85.00 CNY
STUDENT Dystopia & the Maiden March 22, 2018 at 6:00 PM ¥ 40.00 CNY

Charlotte Wood is presented as part of the Australian Writers Week 2018, supported by the Australian Embassy, Beijing and the Australian Copyright Agency limited.

Sheng Keyi

Sheng Keyi is a contemporary Chinese novelist, born in a remote village in Yiyang, Hunan. She migrated to Shenzhen in the early 1990s and is currently living in Beijing. In 2002, she resigned and began writing novels. Her works include Northern Girls, Death Fugue, Barbaric Growth, and several short story collections. Her works have been translated into English, Italian, German, French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and other languages. Sheng was the winner of the Chinese People’s Literature Prize, the Yu Dafu Prize for Fiction, the Chinese Literature Media Award, the Top 20 Novelists of the Future Prize. Northern Girls, published by Penguin Books in 2012, was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her works depict the real lives of China’s poor, the survival of its women, and situations revolving around the human spirit, written in language that is violent, enthusiastic, and experimental. Her work is known for its keen observations and callous writing style.

Charlotte Wood

The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as “one of our most original and provocative writers.” She is the author of five novels, often touching on the subjects of love, friendship and urban life. She’s also a prominent voice online and in the media, which has led to two non-fiction collections: one of essays on cooking and food, titled Love and Hunger, and another of essays and interviews on the subject of writing. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, is a thrilling political allegory that won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction. In 2016 Charlotte was named the Charles Perkins Centre’s inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney.


夏洛特·伍德被《澳大利亚人报》称为澳大利亚最具独创性、最具争议的作家之一。她出版有五部小说,作品多讲述爱、友谊与城市生活的故事。她也活跃在网络平台和各类媒体,通过写作发声,这些媒体文章分别收入两本文集;其中《爱与饥饿》(Love and Hunger)收录了以美食为主题的文章,另一本集子则收录了谈论写作的文章及采访。伍德的最新小说《她们的原貌》(The Natural Way of Things)是一部扣人心弦的政治讽喻小说,斩获2016年斯特拉奖、2016年年度独立图书称号、2016年年度小说称号,以及总理文学奖。2016年,夏洛特受邀成为悉尼大学查尔斯·博金斯中心首位驻校作家。

Eric Abrahamsen

Eric Abrahamsen lived in China for fifteen years, during which time he worked as an editor, journalist, translator, and publishing consultant. He maintains the Paper Republic website, about Chinese literature and its translation, runs an annual publishing fellowship in Beijing, and produces the translation journal Pathlight. He now lives in Seattle.