Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Working Titles: Chinese Novels About Work

By Helen Wang, published

From The New Yorker:

Working Titles: What do the most industrious people on earth read for fun? by Leslie T. Chang

What do the Chinese read in their spare time? Novels about work. The seventh volume of “The Diary of Government Official Hou Weidong” was published in July, with an initial print run of two hundred thousand copies. Zhichang xiaoshuo, or workplace novels, have topped best-seller lists in recent years. “Du Lala’s Promotion Diary,” by a corporate executive writing under the pen name Li Ke, is the story of a young woman who rises from secretary to human-resources manager at a Fortune 500 company. The books have sold five million copies...



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