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Publishers Try to Sell Chinese Fiction in Translation

At Bloomberg Businessweek, Christina Larson looks at the prospects for translated Chinese works in America. Currently, the flow into China of books translated from English and other foreign languages is much larger than the...

Ai Weiwei & Mo Yan on Publicity and Responsibility

In an interview and a recent speech, respectively, artist Ai Weiwei and Nobel-winning author Mo Yan expressed sharply different attitudes towards public exposure and social and political responsibility. From Bernhard Zand,...

10 Coolest Novels about Modern China

Peter from China Whisper recommends 10 novels that have shaped popular culture in modern China. From Weijing Zhu at the World of Chinese:1) The Republic of Wine by Mo YanThe Republic of Wine: A Novel takes place in a fictional...

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: “I Am Guilty”

In his first interview since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in December, Mo Yan talks to Der Spiegel’s Bernhard Zand about his work, his political views, and his critics. SPIEGEL: Unspeakable things happen in...

Politics and the Chinese Language

On ChinaFile, Perry Link responds to a number of recent articles offering varying opinions about the choice of Mo Yan as the Nobel Laureate in Literature. In particular, Link responds directly to an essay by Charles Laughlin, in...

A Good Year for Chinese-English Translation

At Paper Republic, Nicky Harman celebrates a good year for Chinese-to-English translations, listing twenty books published—mostly—in 2012. OK, I’ve cheated a bit – three of the publications below are poetry, and two others come...

Mo Yan and the Politics of Language

After being questioned over his close relationship with the Chinese government, the Nobel-winning author Mo Yan is now facing another round of criticism for the quality of his writing.  Anna Sun at The Kenyon Review writes that...

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