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The best known contemporary writer from Shaanxi province, Jia Pingwa, has seen his award winning novel "Qin Qiang" adapted for the stage. The drama is delivered by the book's namesake opera form, "Qin Qiang" opera. The traditional art form is known for its soaring voices and straightforward delivery, and it's where Jia got his inspiration.
The opera version of "Qin Qiang" has selected to make its debut at the 5th Shaanxi Qin Qiang Art Festival.
Based on Jia Pingwa's novel of the same name, "Qin Qiang" tells the ups and downs of a street and its people over a twenty-year period in a village in Shaanxi. It depicts the shake-up that the changes of Chinese society has caused to some of China's western rural areas. The two main through-lines are a love triangle between a Qin Qiang opera singer, a writer and a farmer...and the conflict between the farmer and a village leader regarding village development.
Jia Pingwa won the Mao Dun literature award in 2008 for "Qin Qiang." He has given praise to the two-hour stage work that encapsulated his 400 thousand word novel.
Jia Pingwa, Author of "Qin Qiang", said, "The director, actors, stage design, and music are all good."
Jia hopes the production crew can work more to enrich the dramatic side of the play, making it a classic to be on a nationwide stage, and let more people know the story...to know Qin Qiang as an operatic art.
- Jia Pingwa wins Mao Dun Literature Award 2008-11-01