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Fu's old home to get face-lift

THE former house of Fu Lei, a late Chinese translator famous for introducing French publications to China, will be revamped into an exhibition hall and conference center for cultural forums, government officials said yesterday.

The wooden house in the Pudong New Area was first built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and reconstructed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

The house once had 36 rooms, but 19 had been demolished over the years.

The remaining 17 rooms are in a dilapidated condition with electric wires dangling all over the house.

The house is currently occupied by many migrant workers who rented the rooms from villagers in Hangtou Town.

The revamp will begin next month and is expected to be finished in three to four years. It is expected to cost more than 60 million yuan (US$9.4 million).

Fu's previous housemaid, who is now in her 90s, has been invited to participate in the restoration to ensure authenticity. She still remembers the house's interior decoration while Fu lived there.

Fu's book collection, some old furniture and his translation works will be displayed once the restoration is complete.

Some rooms will be converted into a conference center to hold symposiums on literature, according to the town government.

Fu's translations included works by Voltaire, Honore de Balzac and Romain Rolland.

Fu lived from 1908 to 1966.


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