China’s most popular blogger admits to restraint

HONG KONG

By AFP

China’s most popular blogger, Han Han, famous for poking fun at prominent figures and officials, on Thursday hinted even he has had to bite his tongue in a tightly controlled media landscape.

The 27-year-old school dropout and champion rally driver was named by TIME magazine this year as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, putting him in the same league as US President Barack Obama and pop star Lady Gaga.

With his charming good looks and characteristic literary wit, the celebrity rebel’s blog has registered more than 300 million hits, making him the most popular blogger in China — and possibly the world. Click here to read more »

The Fat Years: Acquired by Knopf US and Editions Grasset in France

A Chinese novel described in the South China Morning Post as “1984 with a sense of humor” has recently been purchased by Nan Talese at Knopf US, Editions Grasset in France, and by Norway’s Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, reports Marysia Juszczakiewicz, founder of the Peony Literary Agency.

The Fat Years (盛世中国 2013 ) by Chan Koon Chung (陈冠中) follows a writer, obsessed with detective stories, on a quest to uncover the events of a month mysteriously absent from official Chinese records. The novel is much talked about for its “veiled criticism of the growing number of Chinese who have bought into the system or have been bought by it,” writes Paul Mooney in the Hong Kong daily.

It was announced in February that Doubleday would publish the novel in English in 2011, and since then the rights have also been purchased for German (Eichborn), Spanish (Destini), Italian (Longanesi), Dutch (Signatur), Catallan (Ediciones la Campana), and Hebrew (Modan).

http://paper-republic.org/news/newsitems/9/

Middle East Debut for Su Tong’s “Boat to Redemption” on the Cards

Pegasus Publishing has purchased the Turkish-language rights to Su Tong’s Boat to Redemption (河岸), the winner of the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize.

This will be his first major work to be rendered in Turkish, according to Marysia Juszczakiewicz in Hong Kong, founder of Peony Literary Agency that made the sale. The agency also represents works by best-selling Chinese authors Yan Geling, Han Han and Annie Baobei.

Set during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), it recounts a story of two different kinds of people, “exiles” forced to live on boats because of their politically questionable identities, and those living on shore who look down on their water-bound counterparts.

Several book reviews are online, including one published in The Independent and a somewhat critical review by Yiyun Li, a Chinese writer who has emigrated to the US.

http://paper-republic.org/news/newsitems/15/

Writing the Future

As Hong Kong prepares for its largest literary-themed event of the year, a casual glance down the schedule of events reveals just how much the fabric of the publishing industry in the city has changed over the past decade.

That the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair – to be held 21-27 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – has this year been able to attract the likes of such celebrated international authors as Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Fry, alongside Chinese mainland blogging sensation Han Han and best-selling Taiwanese writer Chen Wen-hsien, speaks volumes about the important role Hong Kong now plays between the literary and publishing worlds of the West and the East.

The authors will take part in a series of “Reading the World, Writing the Future’’ seminars, and Sir David Tang, one of the event’s high-profile moderators, said the line-up was a reflection of the event’s growing position in Asia. “The Hong Kong Book Fair, the brainchild of the HKTDC, attracts close to a million visitors, which shows what a remarkable event it is,” Sir David said on announcing the seminar line-up.

David Tang

 

Businessman and author Sir David Tang will be among the high-profile moderators at a series of seminars during the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair

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Han Han: China’s rebel blogger

(CNN) — Han Han is China’s rebel writer who has become the unofficial voice for his generation.

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CNN Han Han

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《人民文学》长篇小说双年奖昨在甬颁发

本报讯(记者朱和风 通讯员罗 琦)昨日上午,《人民文学》长篇小说双年奖在宁波慈溪颁发。著名作家刘震云、莫言、阿来、苏童、严歌苓分别凭借他们在2008-2009两年内发表和出版的长篇力作《一句顶一万句》、《蛙》、《格萨尔王》、《河岸》和《小姨多鹤》获此殊荣。

《人民文学》长篇小说双年奖是人民文学杂志社、慈溪市委、慈溪市政府共同设立,由慈溪市委宣传部、慈溪市文联、慈溪市作协等单位承办,旨在表彰当下汉语长篇小说的卓越成就。评选范围为颁奖年度前两年内在中国大陆首次发表和出版的原创长篇小说,颁奖地点永久定为慈溪市。

颁奖结束后,《人民文学》杂志社还与慈溪市共同举办了俞强诗歌研讨暨慈溪文学作品研讨会。

http://daily.cnnb.com.cn/nbrb/html/2010-05/31/content_197029.htm