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ChinaFile: China and the U.S., Not So Different



BEIJING — Chinese Cyber Day happened before the American online shopping spree. Chinese e-commerce sites came together this year to create Single’s Day, a holiday for the unhitched, by declaring a 50 percent sale across the board on all e-commerce sites. The date was set for Nov. 11, which is written as “11.11” in China. Click here to read more »

Darkness Outside the Night


By Andy Shaw

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Blogs de Chine, de Han Han

Marie Claire

Blogs de Chine


Ed. Gallimard, traduit du chinois par Hervé Denès, 24,90 € (17 €, en numérique, sur et Et, sur, une sélection gratuite de ses posts (en anglais).

Han Han conquit la jeunesse chinoise, à 17 ans, avec son premier livre. Il publia ensuite une dizaine de romans à succès, tout en devenant… pilote de course et chanteur! Ce beau gosse a maintenant 30 ans et tient le blog le plus lu de la planète, dont paraît aujourd’hui un extrait de soixante-treize textes. Provocateur subtil ou frontal, il affole la censure chinoise. De l’amour au lycée aux vidéos érotiques, des mensonges du pouvoir à tous les aspects ridicules d’une société dirigiste, des dizaines de millions d’internautes chinois savourent sa prose ironique. Qui s’exporte très bien.


Par Gilles Chenaille,blogs-de-chine-de-han-han,20158,652490.asp

Graphic Novel Review: Darkness Outside The Night

by David Holloway


Being a comic book fan and collector of graphic novels I was excited to get me hands on a copy of Xie Peng and Duncan Jepson’s newest graphic novel Darkness Outside The Night.


I am a firm favourite of mainstream works, but relish the opportunity to discover and explore darker material and that is exactly what Darkness Outside The Night delivers.

Devised and completed over 6 years, Darkness Outside The Night explores feelings through its main character, a cute little gnome like creature that, for the majority of the novel, feels pain and bleeds. From a horrific box to the heights of the mountains, we are shown a bleak world of reds, oranges, and black that encircles the green covered character in his quest to find greater meaning in life.

…to highlight that bright moment in an almost dark and depressing existence… Click here to read more »

A life in letters

November 3, 2012

The Hindu


CHAT Publisher-writer David Davidar says books are here to stay

David Davidar is a man very confident of himself. And, he has the track record to generate that optimism. After all, he was the man who told us that far from Antarctica, Penguin was a literary bird that deserved a place on our bookshelves. He brought in authors otherwise inaccessible some 30 years ago. And quietly, unobtrusively, changed the way we read.

That he was himself a no mean author became almost a footnote. Now into his second innings with Aleph — an independent publishing house he founded with Rupa and Company’s Kapish Mehra earlier this year — he is happy to tap a niche market.

When David speaks, the words come in measured scoops. He holds back about some of the “big” authors he has signed. And dismisses any talk about his writing with, “Yes, I got to do that too.”

However, the author in him has taken the backseat and publisher David is in full public glare. Nothing ruffles him — competition or the digital revolution. “Everybody was worried by digital publishing, considering a digital book costs around one-third of a printed book. Today, it is not a bad word to say I publish myself. There are so many digital books, but publishing thrives in this part of the world. Look at the Booker winners or even those on the shortlist, so many are from developing countries.”

As for other publishers, David says: “I pay no attention to competition. We deal with authors we would want to read. We get so many proposals but both Ravi (Singh) and I don’t get swayed easily. We will do only 25 books a year. We will produce across certain genres. We want to produce great books in economics, politics, films, even food..”

Then, there is the small question of distribution too. Is that why Aleph has tied up with Rupa — a kind of win-win situation with Aleph getting the best authors and Rupa providing its distribution network? “Absolutely, but there is more to it. Rupa wanted to be associated with some top-notch authors and get into newer markets.”

Meanwhile, Aleph that has just launched Shankar Aiyar’s Accidental India , prepares to roll out books by Gen. (retd.) V.K. Singh, Valmik Thapar, Devdutt Patnaik and Barkha Dutt, among others.

“Barkha’s book called This Unquiet Land talks of India’s faultlines. We have Valmik Thapar tracing the tiger journey. And Devdutt Patnaik’s on history of business.

Rajmohan Gandhi has come up with a history of undivided Punjab, probably the first book in the genre. Of course, we are bringing out Pavan Varma’s Manifesto and young Shovon Choudhury’s The Competent Authority .”

These are titles David rolls out in a hurry. What he reveals at leisure is the series he has planned on most Indian cities, trying to capture the soul of say, Delhi, Chennai and Patna. Patna, the age-old Pataliputra whose past has often been overshadowed by the present.

Well-known novelist Amitava Kumar is putting pen to paper for Patna, as is Nirmala Lakshman for a story of Chennai. Then come the stories of Delhi, Calcutta…


There are so many digital books but in this part of the world, book publishing is thriving. Look at the Booker winners or even those on the shortlist, so many are from developing countries.