Yu Hua: Ten key words to understand China.

Originally published on Rue89- 09/13/2010 –

After the international success of his novel “Brothers”, Yu Hua, publishes as world premiere in France, “China in ten words,” a collection of essays organized around ten key words: political terms of Communist China or of the current capitalist developments, but also sociological analysis and texts related to the writer’s career.

This book is an extension of “Brothers” – ” the idea is to fill with a non-fictional narrative, … Lire la suite

Fifteen years later, the triumph of Eileen Chang.

Eileen Chang died in 1995 in Los Angeles after considerable success in China and Hong Kong in the 1940s; she failed to be recognized as a writer in the U.S. where she had emigrated and died at the age of 75, forgotten and isolated. Fifteen years later, she tops sales in the Chinese world, especially among the female audience. She is now considered a major writer. In less than two years, three of her books … Lire la suite

Fenghuang, the most beautiful small town in China?

It is in Fenghuang that the famous writer Shen Congwen (1902-1988) spent his youth. This small town in western Hunan Province (South China), is considered a unique architecture heritage, being considered for the World Heritage List of theUnesco.

An unsettled border zone:

In China, the Han are 92% of the population. Fifty-six “ethnic minorities” total 110 million of which 9 million people are Miao; with the Tujia, the Miao represent an important share of the … Lire la suite

Shen Congwen, a great writer to be rediscovered .

With Lao She and Lu Xun, Shen Congwen is without doubt one of the great writers of the last century, but for Shen Congwen, no further translations, he has to be discovered by a new generation.

 A family of military tradition:

An illustrious grandfather, who was general, a father who was a military doctor but never at home. Miao by his grandmother and Tujia by his mother, he claims that he is a Han  but … Lire la suite

Liu Zhenyun and the Dangdai literary award.

“Frogs” by Mo Yan did not receive the Dangdai award. The short list included all the books people are talking about in Beijing : the novels by A-Lai, Su Tong, Zhang Ling. Liu Zhenyun won the prize with “A Word Is Worth a Thousand Words. “after being the winner in 2007 with ” My name is Liu Yuejin “.

Liu Zhenyun was fortunate to have Sebastian Veg (1) as a translator for two books published … Lire la suite

“Frogs”, the latest novel by Mo Yan.

If you like Mo Yan, cheer up. As was told during his interview to Rue89 (30/08/2009), his novel “Frogs” has just been published in Beijing. “Frogs”, “Wa” in Chinese is pronounced like Nu Wa, goddess in Chinese mythology who created humanity, more over the frog in some provinces is the symbol of fertility.

As he said in an interview with China Daily (01/08/2010), it is a novel about his aunt, now 76 years old, who … Lire la suite

Cao Naiqian

Much has been said on this writer in recent weeks. His first book, “There’s nothing I can do when I think of you late at night” was published, six months ago, in the prestigious Asian collection at the University of Columbia. The book is part of the “long list” of best translations prepared by the University of Rochester but did not win a prize.

A collection of short stories has been translated into Swedish by … Lire la suite

Li Yiyun : “Literature is not for the faint hearted”

We have already mentioned the talent of the Chinese-American author Li Yiyun in a post mentioning  a film based on one of her short stories (“A Thousand Years of Good Prayers”). We have been able to meet her in Paris during the launch of her novel “A beautiful spring day.”
From Beijing to San Francisco from immunology to literature
Born in Beijing, Yiyun Li is 38 years. After studying Mathematics and English, she enrolled at Lire la suite

“The Wolf Totem” continues to infuriate chinese nationalists.

Originally published on Rue89 23/3/2010

 

Only the “Little Red Book” by Mao Zedong has scored better; the “Wolf Totem” by Jiang Rong is the biggest publishing succes in China: 4 millions copies have been sold and probably 16 millions including piracy.
Two years ago, Rue89 had presented this social phenomenon. The success has not stopped since 2004, the book still tops sales. The rights were purchased in 28 countries. For English, 100,000 dollars were paid … Lire la suite

“Socialism is great”…a Chinese song and a life story.

Originally published on Rue89 18/02/2010.

“Socialism is geat” … a Chinese song! A song sung in companies on July 1st, the anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Communist Party, is also the title of the autobiography of  Zhang Lijia, a worker in a missile factory in 1980-1990, later on a journalist.

With a sister, nowdays a senior civil servant,and a brother at the time rather difficult, Lijia is the daughter of a worker, a

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Interview with Yan Lianke.

Originally published on Rue89 31/10/2009.

Sometimes banned and sometimes award-winning, Chinese novelist Yan Lianke is a matter of controversy in his own country. Again with his latest release “Lenin with Love” (a French translation of “The joy of living” ) his favorite, in which he plays around with the symbols of communism and consumer society, in short with the contradictions of modern China. He has just presented his book in Paris where we could meet … Lire la suite

Bi Feiyu and love during the Cultural Revolution.

 Originally published on Rue89, 26/9/2009.

Power and domination are one of the key topics of Bi Feiyu’s work, a well known writer in China and a growing reputation in the West. Two books in the U.S., five in France, “La Plaine”, his latest novel has been translated by Claude Payen and published by Philippe Picquier.

“The Plain” or life in the village of the Wang family:
The heros of this book are two young people … Lire la suite

An event, the translation of the first novel by Lao She.

Originally published on Rue89-4/09/2009.

 Lao She, probably killed by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution in 1966, is one of the greatest Chinese writers of the century and a man of great human qualities. Much of his work was available in French, and in particular his famous book about Beijing and the japanese “Four generations under one roof,” but not “The Philosophy of Lao Zhang”, a first novel full of humor that has just Lire la suite