Li Er was born in Jiyuan， Henan Province in October 1966. After graduating from the Chinese Faculty of East China Normal University in 1987， he taught at a university for many years and was deputy chief editor of Liaoyuan Magazine. He is currently working at the China Modern Literature Museum. His representative works include the novels Coloratura， Cherries on a Pomegranate Tree and Forgetting. He is regarded as one of the most important representative writers after China’s pioneering literature. He has won the Third and Fourth Dajia Literary Awards （Honourable Award）， the First 21st Century Dingjun Literature Award， and the Tenth Zhuang Zhongwen Literature Award. Coloratura was once rated as one of the ten best novels in the Thirty Years of Literature of the New Era （1979-2009）. Some of his works have been translated into German， Italian， French， English， Japanese， Korean and other languages.
Li Er pays particular attention to the lives of Chinese intellectuals and the changes of contemporary villages in the context of globalization. He focuses on the narrative discourse of fiction； he is witty and frank， has rather dry humor， insightfulness， and subtle satirical effects， which gradually became the Li Er style narrative. Zhang Xuexin， a literary critic， commented that “his use of discourse also deconstructs discourse， and in the discourse of life he drives Milan Kundera’s ‘joke’ to reality and enjoys the “pain of wisdom”. Li Er is also known as “the first talented writer to put serious words to a rhythm and talk of irony in a beautiful way”. His vigilant attitude towards real life also makes Li Yu’s works complex and profoundly satirical and inspiring.
The story of the novel Coloratura revolves around the mystery of the protagonist Ge Ren’s life and death. The dictation of three parties and a large number of citations form a complex and fluid narrative. Many people with different identities and dispositions in the story described this mystery， with many different accents coexisting， and encouraging readers to think about history and reality， reality and fiction. Coloratura was considered by the critics as reflecting a deep understanding of the history of individuals and the thinking and investigation of the fate of intellectuals. In art， it is a powerful synthesis of the results of pioneering literature exploration since the 1980s. The critics have called it “the fruit of pioneering literature.”
Cherries on a Pomegranate Tree is a novel that reflects the erosion of pure land in the countryside by power. The novel selected the two political issues of “village-level elections” and “family planning”， completing a description of the rural power field in their interrelated contexts. The female protagonist Kong Fanhua is the director of the current village committee， has excellent capabilities and wholeheartedly works for the benefit of the villagers and should be re-elected. However， on the eve of the election， a problem related to family planning work crops up. During the investigation， Fanhua is surprised to find that the people of the village committee had secretly drawn votes， and her most trusted people had betrayed her. The book was highly praised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel， and was rated by the newspaper Preu？ische Allgemeine Zeitung as “worthy of all the honors it has earned”.
Forgetting is a short novel. The author creatively writes the ancient myth of Chang’e Goes to the Moon into the daily lives of modern intellectuals， so that the modern Hou Houyi， Feng Meng （I）， Chang’e and others showed the separation of spirit and behavior， with a humorously satirical criticism of realism.