Famous Authors Who Don't Write In Their Mother Tongue - 4

Here you are introduced to one of the authors who got famous for writing in a language other than their native one.


4.   Yiyun Li (*1972): Born in China, the resolute immigrant writes in English:

Born in the 70s in Beijing, Yiyun Li now plays an influential role in the American literary scene as an award-winning novelist and short story writer. In her work she cleverly reflects upon the English language using her unique outsider’s perspective. She is not only famous for her fictional work, but also for her candid writing about her own life: her radical renunciation of China, her difficult immigration to the United States in the 90s and her desperate suicide attempts. Yiyun Li has categorically left her old life behind her, including her mother tongue which she simply refuses to write in.

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