“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Chinese Literature in the Guardian

By Eric Abrahamsen, published

Part one of a two-part overview piece on the current state of Chinese literature has gone up at the Guardian's website. It's a good piece, as introductory articles go (I'm not just saying that because I'm quoted in it).

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# 1.   

“A new cultural revolution” – I love it!

Some of those big publishing numbers may be coming down.

The South China Morning Post ran this small news item on January 18th:


The number of publications has dropped substantially on the mainland as the government tightens environmental regulation of paper manufacturers, China Reading Post reports. With a rise in the price of paper and limited funds many small publishers are facing bankruptcy.

Here is the link (Chinese)

http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2008-01/17/content_7439521.htm

I know that mainland magazines and newspapers routinely exaggerate their circulation numbers. What about That’s Beijing? They say they churn out 40,000 a month. Do you think that’s reliable?

David D, January 22, 2008, 10:40p.m.

# 2.   

Hmmm. I think circulation numbers are one of the great mysteries of life – the only certain thing about them is that they're inaccurate. I don't think the TBJ numbers are too far off, though.

That was an interesting article, I wonder how far that effect is going to reach...

 Eric Abrahamsen, January 23, 2008, 9:33p.m.

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