Shi Tiesheng was born in Beijing in 1951. He graduated from Tsinghua University High School but, at the age of eighteen, was sent to work in a rural area of Shaanxi as part of the Down to the Countryside Movement. He was paralysed in an accident when aged twenty-one and returned to Shanghai. He started writing stories and had a film made of one of his stories. The film of his novella 命若琴弦 (Like a Banjo String) had considerable success. He went on to write stories and novels. In later life, he had kidney problems and received regular dialysis. He died in 2010 of a cerebral haemorrhage.
The Year of Being Twenty-One (article by Shi Tiesheng)
Writer Overcomes His Condition to Produce Exceptional New Novel
(Only books translated into English)
1991 命若琴弦 (Strings of Life)
2006 我的丁一之旅 (My Travels in Ding Yi)