Su Tong was born in 1963 in Suzhou and studied at Beijing University. His prolific and provocative oeuvre - six novels including Rice (2004) and My Life as Emperor (2006), a dozen novellas and more than 120 short stories - have earned him a place at the centre of China’s literary scene. His best-known work outside China is the novella Wives and Concubines on which the screenplay for the film Raise the Red Lantern was based. Directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li, it gained both an Oscar (1991) and a Bafta (1993).
In 2009, he was awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize for his seventh novel, The Boat to Redemption.
Su Tong lives in Beijing.