Bi Feiyu and love during the Cultural Revolution.

 Originally published on Rue89, 26/9/2009.

Power and domination are one of the key topics of Bi Feiyu’s work, a well known writer in China and a growing reputation in the West. Two books in the U.S., five in France, “La Plaine”, his latest novel has been translated by Claude Payen and published by Philippe Picquier.

“The Plain” or life in the village of the Wang family:
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The magnificent Shandong Buddhas in Paris.

Originally published on Rue89; 09/19/2009

 For the first time in Paris, the Cernuschi Museum, specializing in Asian art, displays a remarkable collection of Buddha statues, discovered in the Chinese province of Shandong, ten years ago.

In 1996, in Qinzhou, 400 kilometers southeast of Beijing, a team of diggers discovered in a pit of sixty square meters and two meters deep, fragments of stone Buddhist statues arranged with care, often incomplete. Some showed traces of fire, … Lire la suite

An event, the translation of the first novel by Lao She.

Originally published on Rue89-4/09/2009.

 Lao She, probably killed by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution in 1966, is one of the greatest Chinese writers of the century and a man of great human qualities. Much of his work was available in French, and in particular his famous book about Beijing and the japanese “Four generations under one roof,” but not “The Philosophy of Lao Zhang”, a first novel full of humor that has just Lire la suite

With a reincarnation, Mo Yan revisits the history of Communist China.

Originally published on Rue89- 30/8/2009.

 

 

A new novel by Chinese writer Mo Yan is an event: “The Harsh Law of Karma” (the french translation for ”Life and death are wearing me out”) is no exception. Through an animal reincarnation cascade, he leads the reader through the Chinese history of the last sixty years. During his visit to Paris in June 2009, Rue89 met Mo Yan, who had presented his latest work.

Landowner or servant, all Lire la suite

Banned 16 years, “Fallen Capital” by Jia Pingwa, is now released.

Originally published on Rue89, 14/8/2009.

Jia Pingwa is one of the favorite writers of the Chinese public. He received a few months ago, the most prestigious literary award, the Mao Dun prize. But the news ,in the middle of the holiday period, is the publication of one of his novels, ” Fallen Capital ” banned for pornography in 1993. The novel had, at that time, won in France the Prix Femina for foreign literature.

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Paperbacks for a summer, a selection of ten novels.

Originally published on Rue89, 27/7/2009

 
For some people, Chinese novels are too long, too complex with a very large number of characters, also it is felt that a deep knowledge of Chinese civilization is needed. Moreover how to choose between writers of whom you know nothing and between books that are sometimes difficult to find !!!

These remarks led me to offer a list on rather strict bases: all books must  have been published recently … Lire la suite

Mo Yan, the dictatorship of the Party and the market.

Originally published on Rue89, 24/6/2009.

The Chinese writer Mo Yan spent a week in France to present his books and his new novel to be releasd end of august.He met Rue89 with Bertrand Mialaret and Pierre Haski who had met him some years ago in Beijing. A meeting translated  by Chantal Chen- Andro, translator of many books by Mo Yan.

Mo Yan is 53 years old, he was born in a village near Gaomi in … Lire la suite

The younger generation of Chinese writers turn down politics.

Originally published on Rue89, 13/06/2009.
Only writers older than fifty years old are translated. The younger generation is not well known in the West as the works are not available, but fortunately exceptions of good quality do exist.

A generation at odds with the previous one:
Writers born after the beginning of the Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong (1976) have a very different approach from their predecessors. The turmoils of political history,

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Factory Girls: from village to city in a changing China

Originally published onRue89, 05/21/2009.


“Factory Girls…” the book of an American journalist of Chinese origin, Leslie Chang,  who has been translated, is a survey of factory work, the professional and personal development of several young women that the author has followed in the extraordinary economic dynamism of the city of Dongguan, in southern China.

Dongguan 1.5 million or 6.5 million people?
Located in southern China, between Guangzhou and Shenzhen (one of the first special economic … Lire la suite

Su Tong writes his novels like films.

Originally published on Rue89-11/04/2009. 

 

Seven books translated into French. The Chinese writer Su Tong is a favorite of the public who remembers the bright colors, the gorgeous scenery, the beauty of the actress Gong Li  and the cruelty of the scenario of the film “Raise the Red Lantern” (1991 ), adapted from one of his novels.

“The Myth of Meng”, a book commissionned by a publisher: Su Tong is well known in the English-speaking countries … Lire la suite

After two novels banned, Yan Lianke wins the Lu Xun award.

Originally published on Rue89 01/03/2009

Editions P. Picquier have just published a third book by Yan Lianke, “The Days, the months, the years”. His previous books “Serve the People” and “The Dream of Ding Village,” published in China in 2005, had been banned; and the last one has received the Lu Xun prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards.

Is the “hero” of the book the grandfather, his dog or growing corn?
“The Day … Lire la suite

Can a Chinese writer become a millionaire ?

Originally published on Rue89-02/14/2009.

Can you become a millionaire when you are a writer in China? The writers that the Chinese Communist Party try with some success to control, certainly live better than during the time of the Writers’ Union. The market pressure is ambivalent, it can increase but also reduce the control of the “politically correct”.

Larger royalties in Paris than in Beijing:

“How do the French writers earn their living,” this article in

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The treasures of the Dunhuang thousand Buddhas caves exhibited in Paris.

Originally published on Rue89-01/25/2009

In China, four complexes of cave-shrines (Dunhuang, Dazu, Longmen, Yungang) are part of the World Heritage Sites listed by Unesco. The most famous site, the caves of Dunhuang, is highlighted by a remarkable exhibition organized jointly by the China Cultural Centre in Paris and the Musée Guimet.

The  Dunhuang Caves:The caves, located near the oasis of Dunhuang,  on the southern route of the Silk Road are more than three thousand … Lire la suite