Quest for nation’s unsung literary gems

By Chitralekha Basu (China Daily)

Jia Pingwa

Like Sylvia Plath, whose recognizably-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, became a classic well after her suicide, Wang Xiaobo’s deep essays on Chinese society and culture found a following only after his death in 1997. Click here to read more »

Lunch with China’s Mo Yan

By Simon Elegant

Mo Yan ought to be in his element. The 55-year-old Chinese writer (Mo Yan is a pen name, Guan Moye his real one) is in his hometown of Gaomi, Shandong province, a place he has described as the wellspring of his creativity. It’s also the location of most of his vivid, at times brilliant, novels. Local Communist Party officials are honoring the town’s famous son with a lavish lunch, but as the dishes are served — three kinds of fish, oysters, sea cucumber — the author looks increasingly surprised. “I had no idea that Gaomi had a restaurant of such high quality,” he finally blurts, to the amusement of his hosts. Click here to read more »


HK Economic Journal

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SILF 2010: Su Tong on childhood, Chinese writers, and a developing China

Su Tong SILT


Su Tong speaking at the 2010 Shanghai International Literary Festival, March 13. Click here to read more »

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HK Economic Journal

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Heartthrob’s Blog Challenges China’s Leaders

“The government wants China to become a great cultural nation, but our leaders are so uncultured.” Han Han



IT’S not so easy being Han Han, the heartthrob race car driver and pop novelist who just happens to be China’s most widely read blogger. Click here to read more »