Jonathan Watts in Beijing
Tuesday October 18, 2005
From The Guardian
Ba Jin, the Chinese anarchist intellectual who became one of the 20th century's great authors, died yesterday in Shanghai, aged 100.
From the 1931 publication of his most celebrated work, Family, the story of a disintegrating feudal household, Ba Jin rose to prominence as a critic of the injustice of the pre-revolutionary era. Although associated most with the turbulent period of 1930 to 1950, he remained a leading force.
He had Parkinson's disease and cancer.
You know? I thought he was dead a long time ago. How many people out there are still alive?