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  • Getting a foot in

    2010-08-30 09:09

    Quality translations and targeted marketing alone can help break the lingering stereotype in overseas markets of modern Chinese fiction as propaganda, literary experts say. Yang Guang reports

  • Chronicling days of glory

    2010-08-23 08:50

    Author Chen Danyan's contemporary writings of Shanghai have become nostalgic musings on the city's transformation.

  • Thought process

    2010-08-16 09:20

    While British sinologist Joseph Needham attributed significant weight to the impact of Confucianism and Taoism on the pace of Chinese scientific discovery, Chu Yu believes the impact of Confucianism is not the major stimulus.

  • Rewriting women's literature again

    2010-08-13 09:27

    The country's leading female authors and critics wrangle over the current meaning of feminism in print.

  • Cities of China get makeover in new book series

    2010-08-09 09:43

    American photographer and writer Bobby Brill called Los Angeles home until he moved to China in 2006, a "crushed" fine art teacher looking for change.

  • Caught between worlds

    2010-08-09 09:42

    The tension between his northern inheritance and growing up surrounded by southern sensibilities is an enduring theme in Sun Ganlu's writing.

  • Mischief maker

    2010-08-02 09:17

    Yu Hua revels in his exposes of the good, the bad and the ugly in his novel Brothers and its sequel. Chitralekha Basu and Yang Guang report

  • On the other side

    2010-07-23 09:21

    One devout Catholic's attempt to understand the lives of missionaries in Buddhist Tibet ends up as a three-volume trilogy about love, faith and fate.

  • Intellectuals collaborate on new book

    2010-07-19 09:47

    On a dry and hot Saturday in June, the kind of day most locals stay at home to avoid the oppressive heat, a crowd of more than 100 people packed One Way Street, a small Beijing bookstore.

  • A hard sell in translation but worth the effort

    2010-07-19 09:34

    When Michael Berry made up his mind to translate Wang Anyi's seminal work, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow, he never imagined that at the end of the day he would have to resort to hard sell, as the book - awarded, televised, staged and generally accepted as a contemporary classic and an insightful account of 20th-century China - was a huge commercial hit.

  • An evergreen writer

    2010-07-19 09:33

    At 56, the award-winning Wang Anyi has a formidable body of work to her credit that touches almost every aspect of life - from the ordinary to the bizarre.

  • Thriller novelist began on Internet

    2010-07-12 10:27

    Hollywood interested in filming books from Chinese best-seller.