John Ridding: Lunch with the FT: Yu Hua’s famished road
From the Financial Times, via A Glimpse of the World:
The fried pigs livers with yellow wine were my idea – but the inspiration was really down to Yu Hua. In his masterpiece, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, the downtrodden hero, Xu Sanguan, eats the dish in the belief it will restore his strength. So it seemed fitting to give it a try, even if we were rather more fortunate than Xu, sitting in one of Hong Kong’s most venerable restaurants discussing the books that have taken Yu Hua from an enfant terrible of China’s literary scene to one of its leading lights.