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Why the West Fails to Understand Chinese Literature

By Duncan Jepson

Fifteen years ago I bought a copy of Wang Shuo’s Playing For Thrills from Dillons in London’s King’s Road, a book briefly heralded by some in the West as ushering in China’s equivalent to Beat literature. Alas, this new literary genre never really took off.

Shuo and his peers wrote lots more but the books never caught on in the West. Readers there found these stories meandering and character-lite. What was more appealing to Western taste was “heavy scar” literature — writers recounting the pain of loss and suffering endured during the most terrible of the Maoist years. I have always used the comparison between Western and Chinese art — the former requiring a single perspective, complete with vanishing point; the latter having none at all — to illustrate the divergent cultural approaches to story-telling. These can lead to vastly different views of our shared world. Click here to read more »

Shanghai-based illustrator Xie Peng on his debut graphic novel

Time Out Dubai

By Jenny Hewett

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Shanghai-based illustrator Xie Peng on his debut graphic novel Darkness Outside the Night

Time Out Dubai

By Jenny Hewett

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Shanghai illustrator Xie Peng’s new graphic novel is a doleful tale, centred on the frustrations of a nameless cone-headed child who grapples with his own existence. The book, co-authored by writer and filmmaker Duncan Jepson, has received widespread critical acclaim. But Xie never set out to create an artistic masterpiece. Click here to read more »

Graphic novel: Darkness Outside the Night by Xie Peng

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Darkness Outside the Night

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By Andy Shaw

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