Yang Jiang

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Yang Jiang (), bornYang Jikang () (born 17 July 1911), is a Chinese playwright, author, and translator. She has written several successful comedies, and was the first person to produce a complete Chinese version of Don Quixote from the Spanish original.

Widow of the scholar-novelist Qian Zhongshu, she has written a memoir called We Three (我們仨), recalling her husband and her daughter Qian Yuan (錢瑗) (1937 – 1997), who died of cancer one year before her father's death. Another memoir penned by her is Six Chapters from My Life 'Downunder' (干校六记), a lyrical and humorous record of the difficult times faced by Yang and her husband when they were sent to work on farms in the late 60s and early 70s during the Cultural Revolution. In connection with this memoir, she also wrote 將飲茶 (Soon to Have Tea), which was published in 1983, and, at the age of 96, she surprised the world with her latest work 走到人生邊上 (Reaching the Brink of Life), a philosophic work whose title in Chinese clearly alludes to her late husband's collection of essays 寫在人生邊上 (Marginalia to Life). She is one of the most famous Chinese writers and she is now 99.

Yang has also rendered the picaresque novels Lazarillo de Tormes and Alain-René Lesage's Gil Blas into Chinese. She turned 100 in July 2011.

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