Zhou Daxin was born in 1952 in Henan Province. In 1970 he went into service. He has published novels, novellas, short stories, prose and reportage that total 5 million Chinese characters. Among them Girl From Han Family and Small Clinic won the National Best Short Story Award. His novella The Upward Ladder won the Prize of Hundred Flowers. Many of his works have been adapted into plays, TV series and films. The film The Girl of Fragrant Spirit, based on his novella The Sesame Oil Mill, won the Gold Bear Award in the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. He has been translated into English, French, German and Korean.