With Qiu Xiaolong, Inspector Chen Cao is investigating air pollution in China.

Qiu Xiaolong is a writer who has always made sure to renew himself. Although he is famous for Inspector Chen Cao’s police investigations, translated into some 20 languages and sold two million copies, poetry is an essential part of his work.

Inspector Chen’s poems slipped into his novels, translations of classical Chinese poems, publication of his collections of poems in the prestigious China Literature Today magazine or, two years ago, in an excellent collection published … Lire la suite

Ovidia Yu, Singapore in the colonial era, two detective novels.

 

 

Singapore is perhaps one of the best places to eat and where food is the main focus of residents’ concerns and conversations. The novelist Ovidia Yu has written great crime stories in which the kitchen played a leading role and Aunty Lee, the cook of a small restaurant, found solutions to criminal investigations.

After four novels around Aunty Lee, Ovidia Yu brings us into the colonial atmosphere of 1930s Singapore with two very pleasant Lire la suite

Shamini Flint, Ovidia Yu, Barbara Ismail, discover detective novels from Malaysia and Singapore.

Shamini_FlintTwo or three years ago, I mentioned the qualities of several detective novelists from Malaysia and Singapore. The success is confirmed: six novels by Shamini Flint are translated into French, Ovidia Yu publishes a third novel and Barbara Ismail, in a few weeks, will publish a fourth book.

 

1- Authors, very different women:

 

Shamini Flint is a Malaysian lawyer of Indo-Ceylonian origin who, after a brilliant legal career in Malaysia, Singapore and Great … 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

In Singapore, food can kill…in crime novels by Ovidia Yu.

Ovidia Yu (8)Asia is turning to be a real setting for crime novels. Everyone knows Inspector Chen and the Shanghai by Qiu Xiaolong, an excellent novelist. We have recently mentioned good novels in Malaysia with Barbara Ismael and Shamini Flint. We can now enjoy two novels by Ovidia Yu and meet Aunty Lee, a cook in Singapore and especially the Peranakan cuisine, one of the best in the world.

Of Straits Chinese:

This civilization is … Lire la suite

Qiu Xiaolong: “Blue Dragon, White Tiger”, a Chinese political thriller.

Qiu Xiaolong ParisWe often spoke of Qiu Xiaolong, a good writer and a pleasant character. His latest novel “Blue Dragon, White Tiger ” is a real success, a somewhat special investigation by Inspector Chen Cao as inspired by recent political events in China including the Bo Xilai case, a “red prince ” who has just been sentenced to life in prison .
Qiu Xiaolong will soon be in Paris to present his novel, a book which like … Lire la suite

Shamini Flint and Barbara Ismail, crime stories from Malaysia to Beijing.

Shamini Flint 6In Asia, we have been reading a lot of detective novels but the masters were Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Things change, two writers tell us that Asia and particularly Malaysia can be a particularly suitable environment. Shamini Flint has even sold the worldwide rights of her books to an English subsidiary of the Hachette Group. Both novels were translated into French (1 ) and the third one will be released within a few days. … Lire la suite

He Jiahong’s crime novels, hopefully new titles…

He Jiahong is a professor of Criminal Law at Renmin University in Beijing, a well known professor but also an author of excellent detective novels. I had the chance to meet him in Beijing in May 2008 and enjoyed his personality.

During this interview, he mentioned that the rights of “Blood Crime” had been bought by Penguin as already four of his novels had been published in France by Editions de l’Aube.

Endless delays:Lire la suite

Qiu Xiaolong and “Cyber China”, internet and corruption in China.

Qiu Xiaolong, a Shanghai writer who emigrated to the USA, has published during many years detective novels which are enthralling and detailed analysis of the social and political developments in modern China. During his recent visit to Paris, we were able to ask a few questions concerning his latest book, “Cyber China”.

In this novel, Zhou Keng, Director of the Planning Commission of Shanghai, committed suicide in a famous hotel, Villa Moller.

Chen Cao, our … Lire la suite

Diane Wei Liang, from Tiananmen Square to detective novels.

Originally published on Rue89, 29/5/2010.

A childhood in a work camp, in love and activist in Beijing University during the “events” in Tiananmen Square in 1989. After graduating in psychology, Diane Wei Liang left China for an American university and a management consultant career. Now a mother, she lives in London, and has published two detective novels; the second, ” Paper Butterfly,” has just been translated into French.

“A lake with no name: the English … Lire la suite

“Do not cry Tai Lake” by Qiu Xiaolong.

Originally published on Rue89, 05/07/2010.

 

 

 

Pollution by green algae is no promotion for tourism. This is true for some beaches in France,in Brittany, but also for Lake Tai. Only one hour by train from Shanghai, it is unlikely to be part of the tours offered to visitors of the Expo. This is what tells us  the latest novel by Qiu Xiaolong, the master of the Chinese detective story.

The city of Wuxi, north of … Lire la suite

The Chinese world, the new Eldorado of the detective novel.

Originally published on Rue89 19/12/2009

 

 Two Chinese detective writers have been presented in the past: He Jiahong, a professor at Beijing and Qiu Xiaolong, who teaches in the U.S.The talent of these writers should not make us forget that many Western writers, use China and the Chinese world as a backdrop or a partner of their novels.

We will not speak of the China of the Tang Dynasty and of the Judge Dee by … Lire la suite

Inspector Chen investigates the private life of Chairman Mao.

Originally published on Rue89- 06/07/2008. 

 If you liked “Death of a red heroine”, you’ll love “The Mao Case”, just released. The author, the novelist Qiu Xiaolong, a Sino-American revisits the myth of Mao Zedong . He was kind enough to explain it, for the first time, during a telephone interview with Rue89.

The sixth investigation of the Inspector Chen Cao will take him from Shanghai to Beijing to investigate the private life of Chairman Mao … Lire la suite