airport_transferChinese American writer Yiyun Li is popular both here at home where she is an editor at the magazine A Public Space and abroad, which makes sense since her work is equally split between historical stories based in China and the contemporary Chinese diaspora. Frontier concerns a strange journey to the mysterious Pebble Town, whose streets are filled with wolves and where there is said to be a garden of earthly paradise. With its surreal air and dreamlike prose, it is as good a place as any to start the singular experience of reading Can Xue. Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in literature and his classic family novel Red Sorghum is a big reason why. Beginning in and ending in , it follows three generations of the Shandong family, who begin as wine growers and gradually become resistance fighters. With its ground-level depiction of the Cultural Revolution and the changing relationship between China and Japan, it is widely seen as one of the great novels of China.
Paper Republic – Chinese Literature in Translation
By David Haysom , published December 30, , a. Which works of sci fi were worth reading this year? Whose fiction has forged a new way of representing dialect in literature? Why are Chinese authors reading the critic James Wood? And what was life like for Communist guerrillas in the jungles of s Malaysia?
Here is the list Nicky created. But here is my chance to remedy that situation and to share some of my enthusiasm for Chinese literature with you. Where on earth to start? Given the quantity of books that are available, my choice has to be a personal one and I make no apology for that. So here goes in no particular order :.
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
The China Channel is selling its soul and running a short summer series of listicles: on literature, film and China books. We begin with the fiction, focusing on contemporary fare from the last decades, to better give a feel for modern China through its novels. The list is selective and subjective, and partly determined by what is available in translation.
Here are what I feel are the best 10 books about China:. Based upon the story of the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this epic tale of a rebellion against tyranny has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years. A stirring tale of a band of men left with no choice but to become outlaws when faced with a tyrannical and unjust government, The Water Margin is the Chinese equivalent of Robin Hood and His Merry Men. Journey to the West is a classic Chinese mythological novel. It was written during the Ming Dynasty based on traditional folk tales. Consisting of chapters, this fantasy relates the adventures of a Tang Dynasty priest Sanzang and his three disciples, Monkey , Pig and Friar Sand, as they travel west in search of Buddhist Sutra. The first seven chapters recount the birth of the Monkey King and his rebellion against Heaven.