Salman Rushdie, Murong Xuecun on Censorship

British Indian author Salman Rushdie became an icon of free expression after his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses garnered him a fatwā from Ayatollah Khomeini, followed by countless death threats. Coinciding with the release of the...

Murakami on Islands Dispute, Rushdie on Ai Weiwei

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has commented on the tense stand-off between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Murakami wrote in the Asahi Shimbun that (from AFP): “When a territorial issue ceases to be a...

CRI: Li Shasha: Rural Writer, Teen Spirit

From CRI, via In a Guangzhou-based newspaper’s ranking of Chinese writers born in the 1980s, Li Shasha climbed over big names such as Han Han, Chunshu and Guo Jingming to reach the top of the tree. Other young writers are referred to as “Linglei,” a word coined by Time Magazine to describe China’s rebellious […]



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