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The Postman
The Postman

The Postman

By Yu Bi, Translated by Jesse Field

Penguin Specials


100 Pages, 4.5 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $12.99)

Publication Date: May 2020

ISBN 9780734398697

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Books China (May 2020)

Price: $9.99


Set against one of the most turbulent periods in modern Chinese history, this spy novel delves into a man's struggle to find his place in a world torn apart

The year is 1936, and a local postman’s corpse is found outside a Catholic church in the Shanghai International Settlement. The corpse is Zhongliang’s father, and this day marks the end of his life as he knows it. In the wake of the Sino-Japanese War, he decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and find out the truth about his death by becoming a postman himself. What Zhongliang thought would be a simple life of mail delivery turns out to be a two-faced game of spying and deceit that consumes him entirely, leaving him with a fate not so dissimilar than that of those before.

Author Biography

Bi Yu is a critically acclaimed novelist who focuses on spy fiction. He is widely published in major literary magazines including People's Literature, Harvest, and October. His novellas include Romance, Ode to Joy, and Idyll. He is the winner of the Eighth Shanghai Literature Award and the Second "Si Xiao Ming Dan" Youth Literature Award.