The Chinese writer Xinran and prejudices against girls.

Originally published on Rue89-01/22/2008.

When a poor Chinese peasant is unfortunate with six girls (“chopsticks”, fragile and of little use to their family), he will regret all his life not to have a “beam”, a boy that  can support the family roof. Chinese writer Xinran, shows that the rapid changes in China may upset traditional ideas.

Xinran and her three previous books:

Xinran, who was in Paris to present her latest book ” Miss Chopsticks”, … Lire la suite

“Wuxia” novels: fairy tales for adults.

Originally published on Rue89.com-12/29/2007 –

Shrug of shoulders, condescending looks, these are the reactions that may create the mention of Chinese martial arts novels.The release two months ago one of masterpieces of the genre, “Tiger and Dragon” by Wang Dulu in the elegant translation of Solange Cruveillé leads to a more subtile evaluation.

The origins of this “wuxia” literature go far in the past: the knights-errant were not soldiers or nobles, their origin was irrelevant, … Lire la suite

The first “American” novel by the “Chinese” writer Ha Jin.

Originally published on Rue89-12/11/2007-

Highly praised by the American press, the publication in October of the latest novel by Chinese American writer Ha Jin, shows a new development. “A free life”, not yet translated into French, is indeed the first work of its author taking place in the United States and not in China.

This long novel, reviewed by John Updike, in The New Yorker, leads us to question the topics of his earlier novels, … Lire la suite

The Chinese writer Mo Yan, exams and “Eternal Happiness”

Originally published on Rue89, 21/11/2007.
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Mo Yan is probably one of the most important Chinese writers today, certainly a possible “Nobel”. The release of “Joy” allows us to understand better his world. He  is very close to his hero, nicknamed Yongli, “Eternal Happiness”.

Son of poor peasants in Shandong as the author, Yongli dreams of joining university.  “Think a little, what are the benefits of being a peasant? … As long as we build … Lire la suite

Love again, after the Mao period.

Originally published on Rue89-10/12/2007 –

The “Trilogy of Love”, a set of three novels, published in 1986-1987, by Wang Anyi gave rise at the time to some emotion and harsh criticism because it was the first time that sex was mentioned, although timidly, in contemporary Chinese literature. The second of these novels, translated into English when it was published, (Renditions – Hong Kong), has been released in French by Editions Philippe Picquier.

“Love in a

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