Category Archive: Peony Author Press

Wang Anyi

Guardian

Carmen Callil: ‘Wang Anyi’s irony and her daring explorations of sexual love demonstrate most clearly how many different ways there are to challenge an authoritarian state’

Wang Anyi: ‘Men and women at work and in love, in city and in village, are the stuff of her fiction’

Wang Anyi was a child of China’s Cultural Revolution. Born in 1954, daughter of “rightists”, at the age of 16 she was sent to work in a remote and impoverished commune. During these eight “lost years” she saved herself by joining a local arts troupe, as a cellist. Wang Anyi’s city is Shanghai, to which she was permitted to return in 1978. As with music, that unique city informs all her work. Click here to read more »

Mo Yan wins Manhae Prize

By Kwon Mee-yoo

Anuradha Koirala, 62, the founder and executive director of Maiti Nepal, won the 15th Manhae Prize Thursday.

Manhae Foundation, an organization commemorating poet Han Yong-un, also known as Reverend Manhae, hosts the annual Manhae Prize to honor people who promote peace across the globe. A Korean poet under Japanese colonial rule, Han is most famous for his work “Love’s Silence” and his patriotic activities. Click here to read more »

First Chinese writers shortlisted for top prize

Oliver Chou

Two decades after the mainland film Raise the Red Lantern, which was nominated for an Oscar, the writer of the book on which it is based is in the running for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize.

Su Tong, along with fellow writer Wang Anyi, are the first two Chinese to be shortlisted for the British-based literary prize. The pair will compete with 11 other finalists from seven countries. The winner, who will receive £60,000 (HK$748,000), will be announced on May 18 in Sydney.

“This is partly the result of a worldwide curiosity about China and Chinese life, which has accompanied China’s growing economic power,” said Douglas Kerr, English professor at the University of Hong Kong. “International publishers are seeking out both mainland and diaspora Chinese writers, and Chinese fiction is being translated as never before.

“Contemporary Chinese culture first attracted attention in the form of cinema; now it seems it’s the writers’ turn.” The nomination is based on a candidate’s overall body of work rather than a single novel, and all living authors whose works of fiction are either in English or translated into English are eligible. Click here to read more »

Harvill Secker To Publish Chinese Author Yan Geling

Rebecca Carter has acquired for Harvill Secker from Marysia Juszczakiewicz at Peony Literary Agency two books by the acclaimed Chinese author, Yan Geling. The first, Nanjing Heroes (to be published in February 2012) is a powerful novella based on real events that happened during the Nanjing Massacre in 1937. It is currently being made into a film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou (To Live, Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers) which stars Oscar-winner Christian Bale as the American priest whose attempt to shelter a group of Chinese schoolgirls from the Japanese invaders is jeopardised when prostitutes from the nearby brothel break into the church compound desperate for a place to hide. Translation rights are represented by Peony and have sold so far to Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Vietnam, with a lot of interest amongst other European publishers. The manuscript is currently out on general submission in America. The second novel, Little Aunt Crane, begins with the withdrawal of Japan from China at the end of the Second World War, and is about a young Japanese girl who gets left behind and sold to a Chinese family. Click here to read more »

Publishers Marketplace Announces Duncan Jepson’s New Book Deal

Filmmaker Duncan Jepson’s ALL THE FLOWERS IN SHANGHAI, about a young Chinese woman caught between tradition and personal desires in 1930s Shanghai, pitched as reminiscent of THE PIANO TEACHER and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, to Wendy Lee at Harper, by Marysia Juszczakiewicz at Peony Literary Agency (world).

Rights: juliette.shapland@harpercollins.com

曹可凡专访《十三钗》编剧严歌苓

新浪娱乐讯 严歌苓,享誉世界文坛的华人作家,是海外华人作家中最具影响力的作家之一。以中、英双语创作小说,其作品无论是对于东、西方文化魅力的独特阐释,还是对社会底层人物、边缘人物的关怀以及对历史的重新评价,都折射出人性,哲思和批判意识等。代表作品:《金陵十三钗》、《小姨多鹤》、《第九个寡妇》、《赴宴者》、《扶桑》等,她几乎每一部作品都获得了各种国内外文学大奖。

在昨天电影《金陵十三钗》的开机现场,一位气质优雅的女士格外引人注目,她就是专程赶来参加开机仪式的小说原作者严歌苓女士,她同时也是电影《金陵十三钗》的编剧之一。 Click here to read more »