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Daily Mail, Yan Geling

Forty-year-old Sam Tahar has ‘rid himself of his past like a murderer dissolving his victim’s corpse in an acid bath’. There’s plenty of similarly high-impact writing in this full-throttle French bestseller – and it’s true the ruthlessly ambitious Sam’s transformation has been pretty thoroughgoing.

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The Independent on Sunday

Geling Yan is an award-winning author and screenwriter in her Chinese homeland, with several of her works being adapted for the screen. In this novel, she explores a period of Chinese/Japanese history which is little-known in the West; the fate of the Japanese who had been encouraged to colonise Manchuria prior to the Second World War.

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Little Aunt Crane by Yan Geling – Daily Mail

Forty-year-old Sam Tahar has ‘rid himself of his past like a murderer dissolving his victim’s corpse in an acid bath’. There’s plenty of similarly high-impact writing in this full-throttle French bestseller – and it’s true the ruthlessly ambitious Sam’s transformation has been pretty thoroughgoing.

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A Fictional Chinese History by Chan Koonchung, New York Times


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We’re in Beijing — no, Beijing — Dec. 10, 1979. It’s year two of the presidency ofChiang Ching-kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek. China has been an American ally since Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang, or Nationalist,
forces defeated Mao’s Communists in the civil war that ended in 1949. The Chinese capital is still Nanjing. The Dalai Lama remains in Lhasa. Hong Kong is a British colonial backwater. China is prosperous.

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Peony Literary Agency, Publishers Weekly

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, based on a story by Wang Du Lu, was one of the highest-grossing foreign-language films ever and won four Academy Awards. My literary agency, Peony, recently sold world rights to its sequel, The Green Legend, to Little Brown UK/Weinstein Books, and the English-language publication of the title will coincide with the release of the movie, produced by Weinstein Films.

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Children of Pyongyang Elite Wield Influence

Not only are the sons and daughters of North Korea’s highest-ranked elite wielding influence outside the sphere of leader Kim Jong Un  – they are also displaying it in public, a news outlet run by a high-profile defector said Tuesday.

The people mentioned in the report have access to external trade and foreign currency and many officials bring money to secure an audience with them. They appear untouchable by law, the report said, even though political factions can be gravely punished in North Korea.

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