Category Archive: Wang Anyi

Five Chinese writers who are breaking free from stereotypes

Does the nomination of two mainland authors for the Man Booker herald a western awakening to contemporary Chinese writing?


Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore 

Last week marked a milestone for China: for the first time two Chinese authors made the finalists’ list for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize. Su Tong (celebrated for Wives and Concubines, the novella later made into the Zhang Yimou film Raise the Red Lantern) and Wang Anyi (The Song of Everlasting Sorrow) are up against giants such as Philip Pullman and Philip Roth for the £60,000 (HK$748,000) prize, to be announced in May.

So is Chinese literature – long considered untranslatable and marred by cultural isolation and censorship – flourishing? Click here to read more »

2 Chinese writers shortlisted for prize

By Mei Jia (China Daily)

BEIJING – Chinese writers Su Tong and Wang Anyi have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2011 Man Booker International Prize.

Established in 2005 as a complement to the Man Booker Prize, the international prize is a biennial award for international fiction writers whose work is written in or translated to English.

This is the first time that Chinese writers have been shortlisted for the prize. The two are among a total of 13 contenders – including Philip Roth and John le Carr – from eight countries. Click here to read more »

Wang Anyi


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 »

Le Chant des regrets éternels de Wang Anyi


Nostalgique, mélancolique, ‘Le chant des regrets éternels’ est une complainte qui raconte une double histoire, celle d’une décadence urbaine et celle d’une femme blessée. Sous la plume d’une fine psychologue qui explore les âmes “à petits coups de rames, pour ne pas les effaroucher”.


La dame de Shanghai


INTERVIEW Une femme au fil du temps, par la romancière chinoise Wang Anyi.


Fêter les vingt ans de sa maison d’édition en publiant un livre splendide, on ne peut pas dire que l’idée soit mauvaise. Philippe Picquier écrivait en 1996, résumant son catalogue : «L’Asie est assez vaste pour qu’on ne s’occupe que d’elle.» Dix ans plus tard, il s’offre un unique cadeau d’anniversaire, le Chant des regrets éternels. Vous l’emporterez cet été. Click here to read more »

Shanghai aux deux visages


Par André Clavel

Complainte subtile et mélancolique des destins parallèles d’une ville et d’une femme.

Wang Anyi French Click here to read more »