Cong Weixi， male. Born in 1933 in Daiguantun， a village in the northern part of Yutian county， Hebei Province. He placed into Beijing Normal University in 1950， and his writing was first published at the same time. He was formerly a reporter and editor at Beijing Daily and is a member of the China Writers Association. His early works include the short story collections Rains of July and The Morning Sun Rises ， as well as the novel Spring Dawn on the South River. Cong’s works written after 1979 include the novels Grass of the Northern Kingdom， Broken Bridge ， Barren Snow， the novellas Broken Flowers on the Postal Road ， Snow Falls Silent on the Yellow River ， Ji Hong， The Man Pulling the Camel ， The Nose Memorandum ， the non-fiction trilogy A Walk Unto Chaos ， as well as Collected Works of Cong Weixi ， which consists of eight volumes. In total， 62 of Cong’s works were published during this period， containing over eight million characters.
The Blood-Stained Magnolia Beneath the Wall， The White Sail ， Wind Tears respectively won China’s first， second， and fourth National Novella Award. Barren Snow was awarded the fourth National Children’s Literature Award. Cong’s works have been translated into English， French， German， Japanese， and Serbian.
Cong Weixi is artistically influenced by the famed novelist Sun Li and is a representative writer from what is known as the “Lotus Creek School.” He is also influenced by Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. His works contain a variety of themes and a wide intellectual breadth of thought. Many of his works that draw from China’s new rural lifestyle are marked by their fresh and thought-provoking style. A pioneer of “high wall literature” （da qiang wen xue）—a literary movement steeped in the experiences of those imprisoned in the labor reform system—Cong’s stunning “high wall” works are written in a grave， melancholy style.
Cong Xiwei’s representative work， The Blood-Stained Magnolia Beneath the Wall， holds an important place in the canon of China’s new contemporary literature. The novel chooses a unique perspective， through a plot tinged with tragedy， the novel presents the zeal and magnificence of a battle between a brave individual and dark forces. As a result， the reader is not only presented with darkness and wickedness， but also light and righteousness. Through its breakthrough use of what was at the time a taboo subject， the novel also opened up a whole new realm for a new era of literature.
Another of Cong Weixi’s classic works is his later autobiographical novel Barren Snow. Set in the 1940s， in China’s former administrative area of Jidong， the novel is the recollection of the “author’s” childhood experiences between the ages of four and twelve. The author records his memories of a silver dreamworld covered in snow and infused with idyllic charm. The protagonist Xiao Qin and Ya Tou （a monk） have been close friends since childhood. Their lives are originally bright and carefree， but when Imperial Japanese Army invades China， many of their friends lose their families and their lives. The teachings of the Xiaojing， a classic text of filial piety from imperial China， once again spread through the land like the plague. The burden that China’s ancient countryside had inherited through history has always been opium： that substance that poisons one’s humanity and corrodes the mind. The novel uses a child’s perspective to create a fairytale-like story， creating a unique prose-poem narrative style. Observing the various landscapes of life and ways of the world through a child’s naive eyes， it uses lyrical prose to build a rich emotional world.