Best-selling Chinese writer Jin Yong dies at 94 暢銷小說家 武俠大師金庸揮別江湖

Fri, Nov 09, 2018 - Page 15

Countless fans across the world have been mourning the death of renowned martial arts novelist Louis Cha, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, who died of illness in Hong Kong last week at the age of 94. With over 300 million copies of his books sold in a career spanning over six decades, Jin was perhaps the most celebrated, and wealthiest, Chinese writer in the world.

Jin’s stories about kung fu masters and their heroic quests have been adapted into countless TV dramas, comic books, video games and movies throughout Asia. During an exclusive interview with the New Yorker magazine in April, he admitted that several of his later novels are allegories for modern politics.

The Condor Trilogy, a series of three wu hsia (literally “martial heroes”) epics, has drawn parallels overseas to the Lord of the Rings series. The English translation of the first volume of the first book, The Legends of the Condor Heroes, was published earlier this year.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)