Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), a Genius Writer

February 13, 2018 | Helen

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Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang) is one of the great writers of 20th-century China and was revealed to be a genius from an early age. She wrote numerous literary works throughout her life, including novels, essays, screenplays and literary writings. She lived and worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong and the United States, all of which figure prominently in her work. "The Fall of the Pagoda", "The Book of Change" and "Little Reunions" are all of a semi-autobiographical nature.


"The Book of Change"

This book tells the story of a girl Pipa in her late teens who runs away from her opium addict father’s Shanghai mansion after she has a fight with her stepmother.

The fall of the pagoda

"The Fall of the Pagoda"

"The Fall of the Pagoda" explores the childhood of a small girl named Lute (Pipa in Chinese Pinyin) in Shanghai at a time when traditional values are turned upside down and new values have yet to be established.

Half a lifelong romance

"Half a Lifelong Romance"

In 1930s Shanghai, Shen Shijun, a young engineer, has fallen in love with his colleague, the beautiful Gu Manzhen.

Little reunions

"Little Reunions"

This intricate novel follows a young Chinese woman, known as Julie (Sheng Jiuli), who comes of age during World War II.


"Love in a Fallen City"

A pleasant and emotional story about Bai Liusu leaving her family for the Battle of Hong Kong. While the war did not turn her into a revolutionary woman, it affected Fan Liuyuan, encouraging him to finally get married. Marriage, however, did not make him into a saint.


Lust, Caution: The Story

In the midst of the Japanese occupation of China and Hong Kong, two lives become intertwined: Wong Chia Chi (Wang Jiazhi), a young student active in the resistance, and Mr. Yee (Yi), a powerful political figure who works for the Japanese occupational government.

Naked earth

Naked Earth

Two young students, Liu Ch’uen (Liu Quan) and Su Nan, fall in love when they are sent to a farm to help the peasants take over the fields.