A Chinese literary award honors foreign writers whose stories stand out in telling universal themes: China Daily
German writer David Wagner became the first foreign writer to win a cash prize from a Chinese literary award.
The author won $10,000 from the Taofen Foundation, named after celebrated Chinese correspondent and publisher Zou Taofen (1895-1944), for his novel, Leben, upon topping the 21st Century Best Foreign Novel of the Year 2014 list.
Leben, which literally translates as “To Live”, is about an organ transplant. It’s loosely based on the author’s experience of receiving a liver transplant six years ago.