|Chi Zijian [people.com.cn]|
Award-winning Chinese writer Chi Zijian recently launched her latest book, The Courage of Migrant Birds.
The novel, which was released by People's Literature Publishing House, is set around the theme of the movement of migratory birds.
The 90,000-word-long story narrates the affairs in numerous people's lives and the ingrained social issues encountered in northeast China, revealing the human relationships behind social reality, according to the author.
"The novel presents the desolation as well as the vitality of the northeast land," said one commentator. "All the detailed plots of this story converge due to the strength of Chi's words."
"The ending is the part that moved me the most," said Chi. "Two migrant birds who relied on each other in life and death are unable to escape from the snowstorm of fate."
"Metaphorically, the two protagonists who bury the birds also cannot find their way back to the moment they found happiness."
The book mentions different kinds of migratory birds, but the kind that is most representative to Chi is the protagonist bird, an oriental white stork.
Chi said that during the summer before her own husband died, they both took a walk to a nearby riverbank.
They saw a white stork there, which could be only be spotted around that lake. They thought and talked about the possible reasons for this, and became deeply obsessed by its lonely image after it had gone away further into the sky.
Naturally, the character of the oriental white stork become an important part of the novel.
Chi was also infatuated with the writing experience. "I entered into a totally free and satisfying state when I wrote this book. I hope that I can continue this in my coming works," said Chi.
Chi expressed her ardent and heavy love for that part of the country, and indulged her fondness and attachment to the characters and the environment.
"I couldn't stop imagining the appearances of those birds I depicted until I saw them for real while I was taking a walk later at sunset. So to speak, I was living entirely in the fictional world," she added.
"As a matter of fact, I felt I was not alone when I wrote the book. I felt I was living with the characters," further commented Chi.
(Source: people.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)