Xi Xi, the pseudonym of Zhang Yan, is probably the most famous writer in Hong Kong. Important and very varied works, with a limited number of translations in the West. She has just won the Newman Prize, awarded every two years by an international jury around the University of Oklahoma; only one condition, to write in Chinese. She is in good company with Mo Yan, Han Shaogong and the Taiwanese poet Yang Mu; two … Lire la suite
Hai Zi, who committed suicide at age 25, remains one of the most celebrated poets in China especially with the younger generations. Some very creative years, 250 short poems, 400 pages of long poems, short stories, plays. His complete works were published in 1997 by his friend, the poet Xi Chuan.
Two important collections of English translations (1.2). In France, Hai Zi is known only through three pages of poems published by the “Anthology of … Lire la suite
Graphic novels are a very important activity for the publishing industry in France, more than in other countries. I’m not a great reader, but I was stunned by the 320 pages of ” The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye ” (1) by Sonny Liew from Singapore, published by Epigram in 2015 and by Pantheon Books (1) in the United States in 2016. This book won three Eisner Awards in 2017, the “Nobel” prizes for … Lire la suite
Feng Tang is a writer famous in China but controversial as a result of certain publications considered by censorship as pornographic. It is not a camouflage; nothing political in his books, no direct social criticism. The behavior of his heroes, however, shows a failure to adapt and sometimes a reject of excessive consumption..
– Literature, “a very serious hobby”:
Feng Tang is a surprising cocktail: gynecologist, consultant, entrepreneur and investor; author of stories … Lire la suite
Yang 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
The policy of the Communist Party to impose its vision of history has contributed to a form of amnesia and multiple restrictions on the evocation of the Maoist period, but also gave rise to many reactions: the actors of this period getting older wanted to testify; economic liberalization and especially the development of the internet could allow this to happen.
Newspapers, photographs, documentaries, personal and family autobiographies, a significant amount of information was published. Major … Lire la suite
We did not mention many exhibitions in the Guimet museum in Paris concerning China, some of them were a bit disappointing, but it is without any reservation that we can recommend the exhibition ” Glory of the Han”, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France.
27 Chinese museums have lent more than 200 objects of importance and a remarkable work with the lay out and presentation was … Lire la suite
On a plusieurs fois mentionné ce cycle remarquable qui se tient à l’Institut Confucius de l’université Paris Diderot. Celle-ci est bien reliée au centre de Paris par de nombreuses lignes de bus et par la ligne 14 (Météor). Point d’excuse pour ne pas retrouver des amphis même si parfois le matériel de projection se fait un peu prier !
Environ soixante films ont été présentés ces dernières années et il faut remercier Marie Claire Quiquemelle … Lire la suite
They were twenty years old in 1949 with the victory of Mao Zedong, they get older, their numbers are decreasing …. Xinran , who has published an international success ” The good women of China “, has confessed this generation in her book “Memories of China ” (translated into English as “China Witness” (2)) and which has just been published in France as a paperback( 1)
I met Xinran twice for an interview and I… Lire la suite
The cycle “Literature and Cinema ” which I mentioned a few weeks ago, led me to a wonderful film by Chen Kaige, “King of the children ” but also to read several short stories by A Cheng ( 1) and especially an outstanding book by Chen Kaige , “A Chinese Youth ” ( 2) which is, in my opinion, essential to “feel” what was the Cultural Revolution and the transfer of millions of young people… Lire la suite
Paradoxalement, ces pièces sont moins bien connues que les bronzes antiques car considérées comme tardives et imitant les modèles anciens ; le Musée Cernuschi avec plus de mille pièces en possède l’une des plus grandes collections au monde.
Ces objets sont certes moins spectaculaires que les bronzes de la … Lire la suite
Unlike in the West, stones more than plants play a vital role in Chinese gardens. The rugged and monumental rocks, as from the seventh century, will begin to enter the studios of scholars in a reduced size and installed on pedestals of precious wood.
The vogue of … Lire la suite
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