Qiu Miaojin: love letters and a suicide in Paris…

Qiu MiaojinQiu Miaojin is a cult author in Taiwan and not only in the gay communities. Translation, last

year of “Last words from Montmartre” in a prestigious collection (1) will make a name for this talented young woman who committed suicide in Paris in 1995 a few weeks after her 26 birthday.

– A cult status in Taiwan:

The impact of this book can partly be explained by the political developments in the island. … Lire la suite

Chinese literature, to promote it on the web…

WenchangWe will shy away from the seasonal reporting exercises, which, for Chinese literature, do not have much sense. We will just try to ask ourself a few questions after following the excellent MOOC “Writing for the web”, organized by Rue89. However, to promote Chinese literature, the web is necessary but not always sufficient.

Read and write on the web:

A MOOC during four weeks, led by a team including Estelle Dumont, Valerie Vergez and Mathieu … Lire la suite

Yan Ge: families, humour, Sichuan, a spicy dish.

Yan Ge 2In the generation of Chinese writers who just turned thirty, the name of Yan Ge is often mentioned first. She talks about her childhood, the families that surround her home, her Sichuan province; history, politics are far less important than humor!

Yan Ge was born in Chengdu in Sichuan, a province that plays an important role in her work. She began publishing at the age of ten, won her first literary prize at 17 and … Lire la suite

Read “Paper Republic” (2)

Cao Wenxuan

Cao Wenxuan

Two months ago, we have already mentioned the “Read Paper Republic”program. On Thursdays, the site of these English translators living in China, Great Britain or the United States, publishes a translation of a short story or poem by a contemporary Chinese writer.

This initiative has been able to support writers with a limited audience outside China and created interest on social networks for Chinese literature. In recent weeks, texts of good … Lire la suite

Yang Mu and Taiwan, a love story…

Yang MuYang Mu is undoubtedly one of the major writers among those who write in Chinese; he is best known as a poet particularly in Taiwan where he was born and the United States where he has spent most of his academic career.

He has won in 2013 the Newman Prize, awarded by the University of Oklahoma and an international jury to an author writing in Chinese (of any nationality). He is in good company with… Lire la suite

Qiu Xiaolong: Inspector Chen investigates in Provence…

City of Books- Aix en Provence.

City of Books- Aix en Provence.

Henning Mankell, the “star” of the Swedish crime novel, was to be the guest of honor at the Book Festival of Aix en Provence from the 9th to the 11th October and to dialogue with several writers and especially Qiu Xiaolong. The death of Henning Mankel on October 5th was a blow to this Aix Book Fair, organized by the association “Crossed Writings” under the guidance of Annie … Lire la suite

Yiyun Li: the difficulty of living with the memory of Tiananmen.

Yiyun Li à Paris photo B. Mialaret

Yiyun Li à Paris
photo B. Mialaret

Yiyun Li’s talent is now widely recognized; in a few years, she became a prominent author. Her latest novel, “Kinder than solitude” (ed. Belfond, September 2015), divided between China and the United States, shows the difficulties of a group of friends to live with their past.

We were able to meet her during her visit to Paris, where she participated in the World Writers Festival; she presents, after … Lire la suite

Yan Lianke, the fantastic chronicle of a Chinese village which became a megalopolis.

Yan Lianke PicquierIn his latest book, the Chinese writer Yan Lianke chronicled Zhalie, a village of a few homes totally transformed by a couple passionate for power. Fantastic and realistic at the same time.

Yan Lianke is with the Nobel Prize for Literature Mo Yan and Yu Hua, one of the most important contemporary Chinese writers.

Seven of his books have already been translated into French; we remember beautiful novels such as “Lenin’s Kisses” or “The Four … Lire la suite

Read “Paper Republic”.

Dave Haysom

Dave Haysom

“Paper Republic” as from 2007, is a forum of English translators living in China, Britain and the United States, to exchange news, opinions on Chinese literature and its authors as well as facilitating the contacts and publications between China and the rest of the world.

This is to promote Chinese literature abroad by organizing literary events, by publishing information, reviews and translations to publishers. Databases of “Paper Republic” about writers, translators and translations … Lire la suite

Ha Jin and the double life of a Chinese spy in the United States.

Ha JinThe Chinese-American novelist Ha Jin is in my opinion a major writer. We have already mentioned “Waiting”, “War Trash”, “A free life” … His latest novel “A map of betrayal”, not yet translated into French, is of comparable quality. Ha Jin tells us the life of the most important Chinese spy in the United States; it is not an espionage novel but rather the story of a spy trapped between two countries, two lives, two … Lire la suite

Murong Xuecun, an interview during the Leeds symposium on Chinese literature.

Murong Xuecun 4Murong Xuecun is 40 years old, he is one of the best known young Chinese writers; who, like Han Han and Annie Baobei, became famous with creative writing online.

1- “I am a criminal of words”.

Two novels (translated into French by Claude Payen), had tremendous success in China:  “Leave me alone, a novel of Chengdu” in 2006 and “Dancing in the red dust” in 2013. “Chengdu” is available in … Lire la suite

A Yi writes novels about crime, no detective novels…

a-yiA Yi is less than forty years, he has spent eight years under the uniform of the police but now as a novelist he participates in many festivals outside China and his first novel, “A perfect crime”, translated by Anna Holmwood, has just been published. A French translation will be available in September 2016 with Editions Stock.

Eight years in uniform:

Born in Ruichang, a small village in Jiangxi, he could go to university, but … Lire la suite

Eileen Chang, a Chinese “star” writer.

Eileen Chang 4In Shanghai, in 1943, a young woman of 23 years old is becoming immensely famous by publishing in a popular magazine, a serie of stylish short stories, sophisticated, tragic, sentimental … Perhaps, at that time, for readers a way out of bombing, thousands of victims and the Japanese occupation.

She is a star by her beauty and natural elegance. The quality, accuracy, sometimes the cruelty of her writing, makes her short stories the finest examples … Lire la suite