Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Podcasts of Chinese stories and poems

By Helen Wang, published

The recent podcasts of Han Dong’s A Loud Noise (poem) and Deer Park (short story) prompted me to look for more. I found a few things – see below. It would be great to know if there are any good websites out there with podcasts of stories read in Chinese?

A Loud Noise by Han Dong (poem, trans. and read in English by Nicky Harman)

Deer Park by Han Dong (short story, trans. by Nicky Harman, read in English by Steve Wasserman)

Call to Arms by Lu Xun (short stories, read in Chinese by Jing Li, Librivox)

An Unimportant Affair by Lu Xun (short story, read in English by Miette)

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling (trans. by Herbert A. Giles, read by J.C. Guan, Librivox)

Multilingual Short Story Collection 001 (June 5, 2009, Librivox) All read in Chinese: Lao Shan Dao Shi (in Cantonese) / Cong Cong / Ge Sheng / Gu wen guan zhi / Lan Ting Ji Xu / San Zi Jing


# 1.   

Helen, you're a genius! Am going to browse them all...

Nicky Harman, March 10, 2012, 1:50p.m.

# 2.   

I tried browsing on Youtube, but it's hard work. If you copy and paste an author's name (pinyin and/or Chinese) you can often find interviews, but it's difficult to find the authors reading their own work. This is a real shame, because it can be so important to hear how a piece of writing sounds.

Helen Wang, March 10, 2012, 3:28p.m.

# 3.   

Try these ones (but check the date, because some are a few years old)
Bei Dao
Mo Yan
Su Tong
Geling Yan
Yang Lian

Helen Wang, March 17, 2012, 3:56p.m.

# 4.   

Check out the podcast of Zhang Xinxin reading her story Dragonworld in Chinese (Part 1) (Part 2)
(When you open the audio website link, you don't need to do anything. The sound should automatically kick in after a few seconds.)

Helen Wang, April 15, 2012, 6:17p.m.


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