Mr Yan Lianke receives the grand prize of the 6th Dream of the Red Chamber Award


閻連科先生獲「紅樓夢獎:世界華文長篇小說獎」首獎

Dr Louis Ng, Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department (left) presents the Dream of the Red Chamber Award to Mr Yan Lianke


康樂及文化事務署副署長吳志華博士(左)頒獎予閻連科先生

Date: 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday)

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HKBU presents Dream of the Red Chamber Award to Mainland author Yan Lianke

浸大今日舉行「紅樓夢獎」頒獎典禮 內地作家閻連科小說《日熄》獲首獎

Hong Kong Baptist University today presented the grand prize of the 6th Dream of the Red Chamber Award to Mainland author Mr Yan Lianke(閻連科)for his novel Death of the Sun(《日熄》).

Mr Yan was delighted to receive the award, saying that many writers on the Mainland have been writing humbly; “humble” not only signifies existence and power, but also proves the existence of writers and literature. He added that humility will be reflected in all his writings from now on, and also every aspect of his life. He noted that winning the award with Death of the Sun has pacified and given power to humility, and encourages writers to write for the sake of being humble.

The Chairperson of the final judging panel, Professor Chung Ling(鍾玲), praised Death of the Sun for its thoughtful symbolism, saying it lays bare human nature yet it also puts forth a sarcastic tone in its deciphering of reality. She said the story has a complete and compact structure, with an accurate and creative arrangement of time. She described it as a magical novel with profound significance, especially in its description of human nature, the handling of psychological changes and the confrontation of good and evil.

Officiating at today’s ceremony were Dr Louis Ng Chi-wa, Deputy Director, Leisure and Cultural Services Department; Mr Zhang Dapeng, President of Y Cee Chemicals Ltd and donor to The Dream of the Red Chamber Award; Mrs Pamela Chan Wong-shui, Deputy Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU; Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor; Professor Lo Ping-cheung, Acting Dean of Arts; and Dr Lim Chin-chown, Convenor, Planning Committee of the 6th Dream of the Red Chamber Award.

Mr Yan Lianke is Professor of the School of Liberal Arts in Renmin University of China and writer of an extensive body of novels, novellas and essays which have won worldwide acclaim. Born in Henan, China in 1958, he obtained a degree in politics and education from Henan University in 1985 and a degree in literature from The People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art in 1991. Professor Yan is also the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Lu Xun Literary Prize and Lao She Award Literature Prize. In 2014, he was awarded the Franz Kafka Literature Prize. His works have been translated into more than 20 languages, including Japanese, Korean, English and French.

Mr Yan will also speak at two open lectures entitled “Hong Kong for My Writing” (23 September, 3 pm, Room RRS905, 9/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, HKBU Ho Sin Hang Campus) and “Beyond Imagination... Reality!” (24 September, 4 pm, Hong Kong Central Library, Causeway Bay).

Launched by HKBU’s Faculty of Arts in 2006, the “Dream of the Red Chamber Award: The World’s Distinguished Novel in Chinese” runs every two years. It aims to encourage the publication of excellent Chinese novels worldwide and to recognise outstanding Chinese novel writers from around the world to enhance the standards of Chinese novel writing. The winner of the Award receives a cash award of HK$300,000, the highest cash prize for a contest of this kind. For more details, please refer to http://redchamber.hkbu.edu.hk/.

浸會大學今天舉行第六屆「紅樓夢獎:世界華文長篇小說獎」頒獎典禮,頒發首獎予小說《日熄》的作者閻連科先生。

閻連科先生對作品獲得首獎表示高興,他指當下中國文學的不少作家,正無力而卑微地寫作,而卑微不僅是一種存在和力量,還是一種作家與文學存在的本身。他說:「文學為卑微而存在,卑微為文學的藝術而等待。而我,是卑微的自覺的認領者。卑微,今後將是我文學的一切,也是我生活的一切。」他又指評委把「紅樓夢獎」授於《日熄》,是給「卑微」予安撫和力量,使作家永遠因為卑微而寫作,為著卑微而寫作。

第六屆「紅樓夢獎」決審委員會主席鍾玲教授說:「閻連科的《日熄》是一本象徵意義深刻的小說。在本質上,它挖掘人性,也諷刺現實。小說的結構完整而嚴謹……在時間處理更是精準而有創意。《日熄》在對人性深刻的描寫上,在對心理層次的處理上,在善與惡的對峙上,寫得驚心動魄,是一部富魔幻色彩的、意義深刻的小說。」

出席今日典禮的嘉賓包括康樂及文化事務署副署長吳志華博士、「紅樓夢獎」贊助人、香港匯奇化學有限公司董事長張大朋先生、浸大校董會暨諮議會副主席陳黃穗女士、校長錢大康教授、署理文學院院長羅秉祥教授和第六屆「紅樓夢獎」籌委會召集人林幸謙博士。

閻連科先生現為中國人民大學文學院教授和作家,1958年出生於中國河南省,1985年畢業於河南大學政教系、1991年畢業於解放軍藝術學院文學系。閻連科1989年開始寫作,主要作品有長篇小說《夏日落》、《日光流年》、《堅硬如水》、《丁莊夢》、《風雅頌》、《炸裂志》等,另有《閻連科》17卷。他先後獲頒第一、第二屆魯迅文學獎,第三屆老舍文學獎和馬來西亞世界華文文學大獎,又於2014年得到捷克卡夫卡文學獎。其作品被譯為日、韓、越、法、英、德、意大利等20幾種語言,在世界各地出版發行。

閻連科先生除了出席頒獎禮外,還會主講兩個公開講座,包括「香港於我的文學意義」(9月23日下午3時浸大善衡校園邵逸夫大樓9樓 RRS 905室)和「現實:給想像留下的空間」(9月24日下午4時銅鑼灣香港中央圖書館演講廳)。

浸大文學院於2006年創辦「紅樓夢獎」,每兩年舉辦一次,旨在獎勵世界各地出版成書的傑出華文長篇小說創作,藉以提升華文長篇小說創作的水準,並推動21世紀華文長篇小說創作。紅樓夢獎首獎獎金為港幣三十萬元,是現時全球同類文學獎項中最高的,詳情請瀏覽http://redchamber.hkbu.edu.hk