Yiming Ma’s ‘deeply melancholy’ tale wins BAME short story prize

Swimmer of Yangtze beat 300 others to win the £1,000 award set up by the Guardian and 4th Estate in 2015

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Chinese Canadian writer Yiming Mahas won the Guardian 4th Estate short story prize. Ma’s Swimmer of Yangtze provides a brutal insight into the rise and fall of community heroes.

The story follows the disabled son of a tailor, a boy from a humble, nameless village near Wuhan in Cultural Revolution-era China, as he becomes an unlikely Paralympian hero. Told from the perspective of a village elder, it leads the reader on a journey of hope and sorrow.

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