Interview: Wang Anyi

Time Out Shanghai

China’s first female International Man Booker Prize nominee

Wang Anyi is China’s first female author listed for a Man Booker International Prize. Charlotte Middlehurst and Blessing Waung visit her Shanghai home and meet a literary heavyweight who has never heard of Philip Roth

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New Deals for Peony Literary Agency

Peony Literary Agency is delighted to announce that US rights for Geling Yan’s The Flowers of War have been sold to Judith Gurewich at Other Press (www.otherpress.com ), scheduled to be published January 2012. Rights have also been sold to the UK (Random House UK), Spain (Santillana), Germany (Random House –Knaus Verlag), Italy (Rizzoli), Netherlands (Arbeiderspers), and France (Flammarion).

The Flowers of War is based on true events that occurred during the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. This powerful novel is a now major film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) starring Christian Bale.

For further information please contact Marysia Juszczakiewicz in Hong Kong at marysia@peonyliteraryagency, or Tina Chou in Shanghai at tina@peonyliteraryagency.com

To find out more about Geling Yan, please visit www.gelingyan.com and more about Peony Literary Agency at www.peonyliteraryagency.com

Peony Literary Agency is delighted to announce that World English language rights for Han Han’s Youth and 1988: I want to Talk to This World, have been sold to Simon & Schuster US. The books will be translated by Allan Barr with Youth publishing second half of 2012 in the US. French rights have been sold for Youth, and Simplified Chinese rights to Lu Jinbo at Wanrong Books. French, Italian and Korean rights have been sold for 1988. Peony Literary Agency is handling world translation rights.

Youth contains Han Han’s true voice, with not a word deleted or altered, compiling 70 of his most representative pieces in the past eight years. Through Youth, readers will get to know China, a country that is going through tremendous changes.

1988: I want to talk to this world is a story about a road trip taken by the narrator with a pregnant prostitute, driving a car named 1988. Hailed by many as Han’s best novel yet, 1988 has been considered as a “road novel”, reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

“We are proud to be publishing Han Han, the most thought provoking and relevant voices of China today, and look forward to introducing his work to multitudes of international readers.”

–Jonathan Karp, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster US

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Retrato del país de la sonrisa complaciente

Diari de Tarragona

CKC Retrato

Años de prosperidad

Fat Years Spain

Desde el primer momento se vio que la vía elegida por la República Popular China para pasar de una economía estatalizada a una de mercado tutelada por un partido rígidamente jerarquizado no iba a ser fácil. Entresacando del Libro rojo de Mao Zedong una frase que viene al pelo para explicar lo que está ocurriendo en aquel gigante asiático, “hacer una Revolución no es como como tejer un tapete a ganchillo”. Con la peculiar expresividad china, el viejo líder estaba excusando medidas como la Revolución Cultural que él mismo no iba a tardar en poner en marcha y que tantísimas vidas y quebrantos económicos causaría.

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China: a mayor bonanza mayor represión

Laura Seoane – Madrid.

Fat Years Spain

 

Aunque profundamente silenciados en su país, los casos de intelectuales chinos perseguidos por su propio Gobierno cobran cada vez mayor relevancia internacional. Anteayer, el autor Liao Yiwu fue distinguido en Alemania –donde vive exiliado tras pasar cuatro años en prisión– por su «independencia intelectual». Ayer, el artista Ai Weiwei, que pasó recientemente 81 días en prisión, depositaba parte de la multa que la Hacienda china le había exigido por evasión de impuestos, una sanción que él intepreta como una persecución política. Este hecho coincidía con la visita a Madrid del periodista y escritor Chan Koonchung, autor de la novela «Años de prosperidad», una ficción que carga duramente contra las políticas económicas del Gobierno chino y su implantación a través de la represión social. 
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Chan Koonchung: “Los padres chinos no hablan a su hijos de Tiananmen para no meterles en problemas”

Llega a España Años de prosperidad, novela que denuncia la manipulación de la historia nacional a manos de las autoridades chinas

Fat Years Spain

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