Su Tong, a contemporary Chinese writer, went to Beijing Normal University in 1980. Su has written seven full-length novels and over 200 short stories, some of which have been translated into English, German, Italian and French. He is best known in the West for his book Wives and Concubines, published in 1990, which was adapted into the film, Raise the Red Lantern by director Zhang Yimou. His other works available in English translation are Rice, My Life as Emperor, Binu and the Great Wall (tr. Howard Goldblatt), Madwoman on the Bridge and Other Stories, Tattoo: Three Novellas and The Boat to Redemption, also translated by Goldblatt. In 2009, he was awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize for his work The Boat to Redemption, the second Chinese writer to win the prize. In 2011, Su Tong was nominated to win the "Man Booker International Prize." In 2015, he was a co-winner of the Mao Dun Literature Prize for Yellowbird Story. His recent novel, This Place is That Place (2002), is a provocative retrospective on how Shanghai’s twentieth-century vicissitudes inform its contemporary ethos. His works has been translated into English, French, Japanese and many other major foreign languages.