The author and translator answer your questions on Jiang Yitan's 'Convince Me'
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Olivia Humphrey: How do you think through the tensions between the emotions and physiology that play out so beautifully in your work?
Jiang Yitan: The inspiration for 'Convince Me' came from a small article describing the dissection of a crocodile. Suddenly I knew the identities of the two main characters in the story. I have always believed that every animal has a spirit and that animals are the observers and witnesses of humanity. They are unable to change humanity but their presence is enough to show people their selfishness and ugliness.