Made in China, Read Worldwide – Helen Brown

Helen Brown discusses the Western enjoyment of China’s “forbidden literary fruit,” with references to yellow and blue , Ezra Pound, “cold literature,” and the lack of domestic crime thrillers. From Telegraph newspaper online:

Fifteen years ago, a big green book emerged from a country better known for a little red one.

Jung Chang‘s family memoir Wild Swans told the heartbreaking story of three generations of women in China: the warlord’s concubine, the betrayed revolutionary and the reluctant Red Guard who became a writer.

Selling more than 10 million copies and topping the “most borrowed historical biography” chart in British libraries year after year, it proved a publishing phenomenon and a triumph for an author who, at the age of 16, had flushed her first poem down the loo for fear her father’s tormentors should find it. [Full Text]

July 23, 2007 11:45 PM
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