Apocalypse Now 盛衰: John Chan’s New Novel on China / Esther Cheung

Muse 38 (March 2010)




Jane Lawson Acquires The Fat Years By John Chan For Doubleday

Jane Lawson, Editorial Director of Doubleday, has acquired world rights in a ‘Chinese 1984′ from Marysia Juscziewicz at the Peony Literary Agency. The Fat Years, by John Chan, follows a writer, obsessed with detective stories, on a quest to uncover the events of a month mysteriously absent from official Chinese records. Currently causing a sensation in Hong Kong, this futuristic novel is banned in mainland China due to the uncomfortable reminder it provides of recent incidences of information control by the government.

Doubleday will publish in Summer 2011.




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Boat to Redemption reviewed by Justin Hill

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The Boat to Redemption, By Su Tong trans Howard Goldblatt

Su Tong has the dubious honour of being best known not for his own work but for the film Raise the Red Lantern, adapted from one of his novellas. In fact, he used to joke that he was famous for not winning prizes, but at 46, one of China’s more established writers has scooped the world’s youngest major prize, The Man Asian Literary Award, with this, his seventh novel. Click here to read more »

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Fear hovers in China

Jonathan Mirsky

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New Chinese Literary Agency Attracts Top Talent

By Edward Nawotka

Literary agencies are a relatively unknown quantity in China and almost all started as overseas operations, including Big Apple Tuttle Mori Agency and Bardon Chinese Media, which both started in Taiwan, and Andrew Nurnberg Associates, from the UK. The latest newcomer — Peony Literary Agency — hails from Hong Kong. Launched in November by Marysia Juszczakiewicz to replace the agency formerly known as Creative Work, Peony has offices in both Hong Kong and Beijing and has in just a few short months attracted numerous high profile clients, from literary lights such as Su Tong (author of Raise the Red Lantern and The Boat to Redemption, winner of the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize) to race car driving youth icon Han Han and romantic pop rebel Annie Baobei. Click here to read more »