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To be or not to be Shakespeare

A BEST-SELLING author is planning to fork out 1 million yuan (US$153,000) on plastic surgery to look like British playwright William Shakespeare so as to "let the people across the world mourn" one of world's greatest writers and dramatists.

Zhang Yiyi will go undergo 10 face-lifts in 10 months to look like the playwright. He has to receive checkups every month after the surgery, China National Radio reported yesterday.

The surgeries won't be too difficult as Zhang has a sculpted face with a sharp nose and deep eyes that bear some resemblance to Shakespeare.

Chief surgeon Zheng Churong said the procedure will require work on the eyes, chin and other parts of his face

Zhang made the decision to go ahead with his plan after learning of the risks involved. The surgeries will cost 1.2 million yuan, which was royalties he earned for his new book that he spent the last four years writing.

"Life is a process of striving to become a better person. I think the surgeries are worth the money," Zhang was quoted as saying.

Members of the online community criticized him of seeking publicity instead of focusing on writing.

This is not the first time Zhang has stirred up media hype. He published a letter in which he proposed to a famous Chinese TV show host in 2006. The letter listed six reasons why she should marry him. He also wrote a book detailing the demerits of people from 13 provinces and municipalities in 2008, igniting outrage among readers who accused him of insulting many people.


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