Cao Zhen

Cao Zhen is a reporter and editor at the English-language newspaper Shenzhen Daily, and a freelance translator in Shenzhen

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The Ninth Man

A short story from Tibet by Pema Tseden, translated by Cao Zhen


Before meeting the man, Yongcuo had lost her confidence in all men.

This man was her ninth man.

Yongcuo’s first man was a monk. She was 18 years old then. Without knowing how it began, she and the first man had just had a crush on each other. Yongcuo was a beauty in the village, wooed by throngs of young men. Since she hooked up with the monk, folks in the village felt confused, saying things in the world happened without a reason.