Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Editing Chinese fiction

By Helen Wang, published

Kate Griffin has just written a piece about editing Chinese fiction for the Writers' Centre, Norwich:

“On the way back from Australia in December 2011, I spent a week in Shanghai and Beijing talking to Chinese writers, translators and editors about the editing culture in China (or lack thereof) and its impact on translation, and about support for writers. After a few days of intense conversation I gained a fascinating glimpse into the writing life in China today. All those I spoke with agreed that there is both a serious need for more professional editing as well as a shortage of experienced editors within the Chinese publishing industry…” Read the full article here

If you’re interested in the question of editing, see also the correspondence between Michael Emmerich and Daniela Hurezanu that followed Emmerich’s decision to publish two versions, one unedited and one edited, of his translation of the prologue to Japanese author 松浦理英子 Matsuura Rieko’s『親指Pの修業時代Oyayubi P no shugyō jidai (The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P) along with some of his observations about how the novel was edited. The editor was Elmer Luke, who has also edited translations of Haruki Murakami’s novels. (I'm having trouble getting the links to work, so here it is in full:


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