Guo Xiaolu, a “fighting peasant” says goodbye to her youth.

Guo Xiaolu 8After an article about her first book ” Village of Stone” and an interview ten years ago, linked to the success of her novel “Concise Chinese- English Dictionary for lovers”, I was disappointed by the three books that followed. , “20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth”, the novel “UFO in her eyes” and the short stories of “Lovers in the age of indifference”.

A fifth book “I am China” is of much better quality but … Lire la suite

The novelist Jia Pingwa and “Happy Dreams”, happy as a scavenger in China.

Jia PingwaA good novel by Jia Pingwa has just been translated. A real event, “Happy Dreams” is one of his most recognized novels and tells us about the “happy” life of two garbage collectors during the year 2000 in the great metropolis of Xian.

 

-A Jia Pingwa lobby:

 

He is one of the most celebrated writers in China, although he is less read by the younger generation. Abroad, very few translations; two … Lire la suite

Taiwanese novelist Wu Ming-Yi, looking for a father and stolen bicycles.

Wu Ming-Yi à Paris

Wu Ming-Yi à Paris

Wu Ming-Yi is now considered a central figure in Taiwan literature; we have already mentioned two of his novels, “The man with the compound eyes” (1) and ” The magician on the bridge” (2) highlighting their originality and their qualities. An important novel has just been translated into English by Darryl Sterk (3) who was already the author of the translation of “The man with the compound eyes”; … Lire la suite

The dictatorship of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan, a novel by Shawna Yang Ryan.

shawna yang ryan 4A good novel by the American Shawna Yang Ryan, published in 2016, won the following year a prestigious award, one of the American Book Awards. “Green Island” (1) is a historical novel that recounts the dictatorship of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan, the “White Terror” from 1947 to 1987 and it’s beginning with the massacres of February 28, 1947. Events that are necessary to know if one wants to understand the complexity of the society and … Lire la suite

The history of Singapore revisited (1) by Jeremy Tiang.

 

Jeremy Tiang

Jeremy Tiang

Three recently released and very different books makes up an unconventional approach to Singapore’s history: a novel “State of Emergency” (1) by Jeremy Tiang, a book that evokes some forgotten episodes or that the government would like to forget about the history of Singapore, and a great graphic novel by Sonny Liew that will be discussed later “The art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” (2).

A children’s book … Lire la suite

For the novelist Dung Kai-Cheung, Hong Kong is not China.

 

Dung Kai-Cheung 3Twenty years already and many questions for the future. It was in 1997 that the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to China. On the occasion of this anniversary, the publisher Penguin has released a series of seven books on Hong Kong, its history, economy, politics.

Literature is not forgotten with “Dear Hong Kong” by Xu Xi and especially “Cantonese love stories” (1) by Dung Kai-Cheung, the most important writer, multiple prizes … Lire la suite

Gao Xingjian, the Nobel Prize remains a free man.

 

Gao Xinjian 2The latest work by Gao Xingjian, “The Art of a Free Man” has just been published in France (1), it brings together, translated by Noël Dutrait, speeches made in several countries, interviews or short essays. These texts, dated from 2010 to 2016, are more recent than the essays grouped in “De La Creation” (2) and are much shorter.

A beautiful surprise in this latest book, edited by Anne Sastourné, … Lire la suite

The novelist Yiyun Li treats a depression by reading and literature.

Yiyun Li in Paris sept 2015

Yiyun Li in Paris sept 2015

Her latest book, a collection of essays (1), has just been published in the United States where she lives and where it has received exceptional reviews. A short but very dense book that evokes her youth in Beijing, her arrival in the United States, her first literary successes and her serious suicidal depression in 2012. It is a magnificent hymn to reading and literature and she makes us share … Lire la suite

Yan Ge, a spicy and humorous account of family relations.

Yan-Ge-2She is thirty years old. Her name is quoted as the star of this generation. She has a good international education, writes easily, quickly and has a devastating sense of humour. She talks about her childhood, the families around her, and her native province of Sichuan, which plays an important role in her work.

Yan Ge was born in Chengdu 33 years ago. She won the New Concept Writing Competition at 18 by more than … Lire la suite

Love and ambiguity in London for the novelist Lee Kok Liang.

Lee Kok Liang 2Lee Kok Liang is, with Llyod Fernando and KS Maniam, one of the most important writers of Malaysian literature in English. Barrister, politician, author of two novels and two collections of short stories, he wins us over with his style, his qualities of observation and a detached and rather sad look at London, Paris and Malaysia in the 1960s.

 

– A pleasant novel, “London does not belong to me” (1)

 

Author of … Lire la suite

Mo Yan and the ghosts of the 1979 war.

Mo Yan et Noël Dutrait

Mo Yan et Noël Dutrait

The Sino-Vietnamese war of February-March 1979 is forgotten despite the current tensions between the two countries, particularly with regard to the Spratley islands. A conflict evoked by Mo Yan in a short novel, “The Reunion of Companions in Arms” (1), a book of 1992 where Mo Yan shows once again the extent of his talent.

1- Mo Yan after the Nobel Prize:

 

The award of the Nobel … Lire la suite

The Chinese novelist Wang Anyi and “The coquette of Shanghai”.

Wang AnyiWang Anyi is a prominent writer who is a symbol of Shanghai literature. Now older than sixty, she has written more than one hundred and fifty short stories and novels, seven of which were translated into French with Philippe Picquier.

She is the author of one of the masterpieces of contemporary Chinese literature, “The Song of Everlasting Sorrows” (1) which was crowned by the Mao Dun Prize in the year 2000 and which, … Lire la suite

KS Maniam, a major writer, emigration and citizenship in Malaysia.

KS Maniam 8Subramaniam Krishnan (KS) Maniam is one of the major writers born and living in Malaysia, but of Indian origin (Tamil) and writing in English, he is not part of the “national” literature that constitute with the privileges attached, the authors writing in the Malay language.

 

– “National” literature:

For the 30 million inhabitants of Malaysia, racial origin is essential: 63% are Malays, “Sons of the soil”, just under 10% are of Indian origin (mostly … Lire la suite