Cinema by Gao Xingjian: “Requiem for beauty”.

Gao Xingjian 5A film screened at the festival “Book District”, a week scheduled by the Academy and the Hall of the fifth district of Paris. One evening where Gao Xingjian also presented his poetry, translated by Noël Dutrait (1), his friend, an academic well known in particular for translating the works of two Nobel Prize Gao Xingjian in 2000 and Mo Yan in 2013.

 

– Gao Xingjian, a complete artist:

 

Two books made him famous: … Lire la suite

Han Suyin: Malaysia, the difficult birth of a nation.

Han Suyin 5Han Suyin passed away three years ago in Lausanne. She is one of the few authors that I do not want to read because her hagiography of the most questionable episodes in the recent history of China is quite unbearable. But a friend advised me to read “And the rain my drink” written in Malaysia and considered one of the best books on the anti-British guerrilla which casted a tragic shadow over this country from … Lire la suite

Feng Tang, “sexuality is almost my trademark”.

 

Feng Tang 5Feng 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

Keris Mas, in Malaysia compromise between tradition and modernity.

Keris Mas 9Keris Mas (1922-1992) is a major writer of Malay literature. Militant in the 1950s against British colonialism and in favor of “art for the people”, he will try to decrease obstacles against   progress in society while justifying in his four novels and sixty short stories the necessary compromise between tradition and modernity.

 

Two of his novels have been translated into French by Brigitte Bresson: colonial Malaysia with “The Jungle of Hope” (1-4), … Lire la suite

For Xinran, generations of single children are not an asset for China.

XinranThis 1st of January marks the end of the one-child policy in China. Many comments highlighted the demographic and economic consequences of this decision. Xinran’s book, “The single child” just translated into French from the English version “Buy me the sky”, focuses on the impact of this generation of children, on cultural values ​​of the family and the way they lead their lives.

–         Thirty five years of repressive policy:

 

The one-child … Lire la suite

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

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

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

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

Zhang Yihe, daughter of a “rightist”, ten years in prison, and still prosecuted…

zhang-yihe-A new collection of Chinese literature, Ming Books, published by a joint venture between Hachette and the Chinese Phoenix Publishing Group, allows us to discover three “long” short stories,”Madam Liu,” “Madam Yang” and “Madam Zou”, the lives of inmates whose existence was shared by the author, Zhang Yihe, during her ten years of confinement in a farm in Sichuan province.

– Is a “rightist” a citizen?

She was born in 1942 in Chongqing, where her … Lire la suite