Capital Letters

Time Magazine reviews Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth: A Novel, a new book written in English by author Guo Xiaolu: As a novelist who is equally at home as a filmmaker, and a nomad who splits her time between Beijing,...

Chinese Wins Japan Book Prize With Tiananmen Novel

From Reuters: A Chinese author who wrote a novel on the 1989 Tiananmen student demonstrations and the post-Tiananmen lives of those who fled China has won a prestigious Japanese literary award. Yang Yi, a 44-year-old native of...

Video: Dreaming of Inspector Chen

Anna Sophie Loewenberg interviews novelist Qiu Xiaolong on the roof of the Beijing Bookworm Cafe about his Detective Chen mystery series and his new book, Red Mandarin Dress. From In this episode Sufei meets Qiu...

On the Fringes of Storytelling – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei: People tend to keep their distance from Jin Ping Mei(ÈáëÁì∂Ê¢Ö), at least in public. Its graphic sexual content has given the late-Ming classic a reputation as smut that it has been unable to shake off. Performers of pingshuÔºàËØщπ¶Ôºâ, the art of storytelling, have conquered great classical novels as well as more contemporary tales […]

Jin Yong and Chinese Martial Arts Novels –

From HongKong Films blog: The Chinese have always referred to a place within their history as “Jiang Hu (ʱüÊπñ)” (Gong wu – in Cantonese). This age is a part of China’s mythical past, and is the time when heroes, anti-heroes, and villains feature prominently. The term, “Jiang Hu”, which literally means “rivers and lakes”, but […]

Rights to Chinese Novel Sell for $100,000 – Christopher Bodeen

From the AP, via Las Vegas Sun: The Penguin Group has purchased the English-language rights to China’s best-selling novel, “The Wolf Totem,” for a record $100,000. Jiang Rong’s 2004 Chinese-language novel about the struggle for life on the Mongolian grasslands will be published in English in 2007, An Boshun, Jiang’s agent with Changjiang Literary Art […]

Julia Lovell: Great leap forward

From the Guardian: …Something momentous has just happened: Penguin Modern Classics has for the first time allowed a work of 20th-century Chinese fiction on to its list. After skulking for decades in small, academic or, more disastrously, communist Chinese presses (the threadbare Panda Books), translated fiction from China has, 50 years after a similar gesture […]



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