Chinese writer Shi Tiesheng dies at 59

20:55, December 31, 2010      

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Shi Tiesheng, a paralyzed Chinese writer, best known for his essay "The Temple of Earth and I," died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Beijing Friday.

The 59 years old writer suffered a headache and vomiting attacks after dialysis treatment, and fell into a coma, Wang Shengshan, secretary general of Beijing Writers' Association said.

Born in 1951, Shi Tiesheng was paralyzed in an accident at the age of 21. Later, he suffered from a kidney illness and had to receive dialysis.

Among a number of prizes Shi won are China's National Excellent Short Stories and the Luxun Literary Prize, one of China's most prestigious literary honors.

Death and suffering have been two major themes of Shi's works.

In "The Temple of Earth and I," he wrote that death "is a celebration promised for every one."

His other famous works include the short story "My Faraway Clear Peace River," novella "Like a Banjo String" and novel "Notes on Principles."

"Shi Tiesheng has inspired us to probe into the ultimate reality of life," said literary critic Wu Liang, "His thoughtfulness and philosophical depth are superior."

Source: Xinhua
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