Su Tong: international profile and new books.

Su Tong is one of the writers shortlisted for the prestigious “Man Booker International” prize. A short book which has just been published “On a Bicycle” (1) is a good example of a talent that you may also enjoy in a few months when will be published in French a good novel (2) already translated into English and award-winning in Asia.

A dream, the “Booker International” prize :

 

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The philosopher François Jullien: “China, the greatest world power”

A remarkable book allows the non-specialist to find a good summary of the work of the philosopher and sinologist François Jullien, but also to follow his thoughts on many current topics: the evolution of Chinese power, human rights, decline in Europe, the role of the media …

Nicolas Martin and Antoine Spire, former journalists at the radio “ France Culture”, are the authors of many books. Their “China, the dissidence of François Jullien,” includes an … Lire la suite

Ha Jin and Chinese migrants, a great writer, one of them…

Not much is said at this moment about the Sino-American writer Ha Jin, in my view a major writer; his book ” War Trash ” is one of the most remarkable novels I’ve read in recent years. Good news, his latest novel, “A Free Life”, his first text on Chinese migrants in the United States, will be translated from English by Editions du Seuil In Paris, next september; we’ll come back on this.

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Yiyun Li: Two superb collections of short stories

The first collection of short stories by Yiyun Li has just been translated into French (1). We already mentioned it in August 2008 at the time of the release in France of Wayne Wang’s film “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” inspired by the short story, title of the collection. Amazed by the talent of a writer, totally unknown in France, I even contacted her for a telephone interview.

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The “Man Booker International prize” for Wang Anyi?

The “Booker International Prize”, sponsored by the Man Group, is awarded every two years, for all his work, to a writer in English or translated into English. It complements the Man Booker prize, the English “Goncourt”.

The list of 13 selected for the international prize has just been published, it includes well-known writers such as John Le Carré or Philip Roth, but also for the first time two Chinese writers: Wang Anyi and Su Tong … Lire la suite

Wang Anyi: Madam Shanghai.

After Eileen Chang, it was quite natural to read Wang Anyi, even if she does not appreciate being compared to this writer of the 1940s. A little book has just been published in France “In Search of Shanghai” (1). The publisher P. Picquier has done much to make Wang Anyi known. Apart of the three “Loves”, small novels, almost classics, he has published one of the finest pieces of contemporary Chinese literature “The Song of … Lire la suite

The Man Asia prize 2010 for Bi Feiyu.

Bi Feiyu has just received, in Hong Kong, the Man Asia 2010 Literary Award; an amount of USD 30 000 for his novel “Three Sisters”. This book was translated into French (1) in 2004, for Editions Philippe Picquier by Claude Payen and recently translated into English (2) by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin who will share 5 000 USD.

This is the third Chinese writer winning the prize after Jiang Rong in 2007 for … Lire la suite

Eileen Chang: to survive family and war.

A few months ago was mentioned the posthumous triumph of Eileen Chang with the success, fifteen years after her death, of three autobiographical works: “Little Reunion,” available only in Chinese, “The Fall of the Pagoda (1) followed by “The Book of Change (2), written in English.

The quality of these two books is such that it was interesting to analyze the wide variety of topics and events related to the author’ s life.

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Cao Yu, a classic of the 20th century.

A few months ago was celebrated in China, the anniversary of the birth of the great playwrighter, Cao Yu (1910-1996) and last week in London, his stepdaughter, Dr Ruru Li (1) from Leeds University, organized for a few days an exhibition and lectures at SOAS ( London University). Finally, in Paris, on Friday February 25 will be presented by Luisa Prudentino “The Savage Land”, a film by Liang Zi based on the play by Cao … Lire la suite

Chinese mothers tell Xinran about their abandoned daughters.

Originally published on Rue89 – 02/07/2011 –

Chinese novelist and journalist Xinran continues her work that allows the voice of women in China to be heard. With her latest book, “Message from an unknown Chinese mother “(1), she deals with energy and empathy with a huge taboo: women who abandon their daughters for adoption in Europe or the United States. Meeting in Paris with a commited Chinese woman.

In Nanjing, a famous radio programme.

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The Chinese writer Chi Li: literary and…gourmet success.

If you have been won over by night markets in Asia or in China, by their noise, their smell, their open-air restaurants, you’ll love this book.

The last book of  Chinese novelist Chi Li has been translated: ” Life Show” tells us, in Wuhan, in the street of Good Omen, the life of a young woman, Cele (celebrity) and her restaurant well known for its duck necks, the local specialty.

Cele, Head of Family:

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For Shi Tiesheng, the end of a painful journey.

The Chinese writer Shi Tiesheng died at the age of 59 the last day of 2010. The end of a painful journey after 38 years in a wheelchair and with three dialysis sessions per week during 12 years. This is one of the major Chinese writers, regarded by many in his country as the equal of Mo Yan, Yu Hua, Yan Lianke, but with few translations and quite unknown in the West.

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Gao Xingjian, two meetings in Paris with a complete artist.

Gao Xingjian, Nobel prize winner in literature is best known for his books and especially for a masterpiece, “The Soul Mountain.” He is also known for his plays and his opera “Snow in August” and we admire his creations and his experiments with theatrical forms.

He is also famous as a painter and did not fail to recall that painting for a long time earned his living.

In Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard (1), … Lire la suite