A book and a column by Weili Fan
Weili Fan was one of the participants of the writing retreat in Sardinia, in October 2014, and I was very happy. She is an exquisite person and an evocative and deep writer, and I had worked well with her during the Master in Creative Writing at Hong Kong City University, in 2012. The autumn Sardinian week was a splendid occasion for me to discover Weili again and her extraordinary sensibility and curiosity. We had a great time there. Sardinia is not a pond but a clear watershed: it is easy to separate the wheat from the chaff. And Weili was always so perceptive and sympathetic that I thought she seriously wanted to move to Sardinia (why not? It is not a bad choice for a writer, dear Weili) and to face a new Mediterranean life.
Now she has informed me about her two new achievements: a book and a column in a prestigious magazine. The title of the latter is ‘I love Sardinia’. They are both in Chinese and so I cannot write an appropriate review, but I’m sure that once again Weili Fan will be able to surprise and fascinate her readers with her prose and accounts.
In any case, I have to say that to see images of Sardinia in a Chinese magazine impresses me positively: I hope that it is a good sign of contact and friendship between two millenarian civilisations, so far apart but at the same time so close to each other. All the best, dear Weili!
Weili Fan: born in a quaint city on the east coast of China; grew up with a starved mind during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976); sent to the countryside for “re-education” from peasants after high school; joined the Class of ’77 (the 1stclass of college students after the Cultural Revolution). Went to the United States in 1987; returned to Beijing in 2005. Now a freelance writer based in Beijing.