西西 (1938 - )

西西,原名張彥。廣東中山人,生於上海。1950年,隨父母來港定居。西西唸初中時,已開始給香港的報刊和雜誌投稿。1957年,入讀葛量洪教育學院,畢業後,曾任小學教師、《中國學生週報》編輯、《大拇指》週刊編委、素葉出版社編輯等職。後專事文學創作與研究,數十年來撰有不同的作品,包括詩、散文、小說、童話、影評、讀書筆記、電影劇本等。

她的小說集《侯鳥》曾獲《聯合文學》評選為1980年 「十大文學好書」。 西西主要著作有長篇小說《我城》、《哨鹿》;短篇小說集《春望》、《像我這樣一個女子》、《手卷》、《美麗大廈》等。她文章風格獨特,「小說關懷現實,視野廣闊,講究佈局,以創新開拓為職志,一篇一貌,才氣橫溢;她的新詩,愛用童話手法,啟迪遐思,天真中寓有嚴肅;她的散文,無論山川遊記、獵書小劄,還是為自己的集子撰寫的序言,都顯現了思路卓異,內涵深永,遣詞造句個性閃耀的特點,百讀不厭。」(何福仁語)


Xi Xi (1938 - )

Originally named Zhang Yan; ancestral home in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province. Born in Shanghai. Xi Xi moved with her parents to settle down in Hong Kong in 1950.

In her junior years in secondary school, Xi Xi already submitted her writings to Hong Kong newspapers and magazines for publication. In 1957, she joined the Grantham College of Education. After graduation, she took up numerous jobs, in succession as primary school teacher, editor of China Student Weekly, member of the editorial committee of Thumb Monthly, and editor of So Yip Publication House. She later turned her focus to literary creation and research work. She has published a repertoire of writings spanning over a period of several decades, covering areas including poetry, prose, fiction, fairytales, film critique, bibliographical annotations, and cinema scripts. Her collection of short fiction, The Seasonal Birds, was listed by Unitas as one of "the best ten books of literature" of the year 1980.

Xi Xi's main works include novels (My Native City and A Fawn) and collections of short stories (Prospects of Spring, A Girl Like Me, Manuscript, Beautiful Building, and others). Her writings are highly stylized, "her fiction concerns the reality, depicting it from a broad perspective and in a rigorous narrative. She endeavours to create and explore, and each and every of her pieces radiates her remarkable talent. Her new poetry employs fairytale techniques to the purpose of inspiration, disguising solemnity with simple naivete. Her essays - whether in the form of a traveller's accounts, collections of notes, or forewords written for her own works - demonstrate her brilliant yet distinctive line of thinking, her character showing through every word and phrase. One can never tire of reading her works." (Written by He Fuyan)

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