Literature

 

Brave New China

 •  November 27

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” said the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno in 1949. In the dystopian parable “Death Fugue,”...

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Fifty Shades of Jade: Erotic Writer Takes On China’s Qing Dynasty

 •  August 12

Before “Sex and the City,” “Girls,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there was “Eat Me,” a novel by Linda Jaivin about the sexual...

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Poet Jang Jin-sung’s secrets and lines

 •  July 26

It was Kim Jong-il’s unclad feet that undid his divinity. In 1999, Jang Jin-sung, a former state poet laureate from North Korea, was summoned to...

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A Chinese Novelist Goes Global

 •  April 25

Chinese author Mai Jia was born in 1964 in a small coastal village — just 40 kilometers from Hangzhou, but, he says, a far cry from that nearby...

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In conversation with… Bidisha

 •  March 6

Bidisha was just 14 when she started writing for UK arts magazines, 16 when she signed her first book deal, and 18 when her novel Seahorses was...

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Interview: Amy Tan

 •  February 12

Amy Tan has had more reminders of mortality than most. As a teenager, her father and brother both died of brain tumours within a year. As a...

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How Chinese art explores its one-child policy

 •  October 2

The controversial law has stirred artists to action - from quiet despondency to open activism. As a critical new work goes on show in Shanghai,...

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Through the Gates of a Chinese Hell

 •  August 29

London -- In 2009, the Chinese author Ma Jian was traveling through China's poverty-stricken countryside when he saw the body of a newborn girl...

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Vets and the city

 •  July 22

Iraq war vet Ellie McEnroe is back in new thriller Hour of the Rat. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore finds out why the heroine’s creator, US...

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Chinese online literature: Voices in the wilderness

 •  March 24

BEIJING -- For the country that invented paper it is no small irony that China's most innovative writing happens off the page. A number of authors,...

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