Xu Zechen, Li Er, David Mitchell, A.S. Byatt, Joe Dunthorne, Liu Jiande, Wang Anyi


British Council UK Now Literature events in China this month:

David Mitchell in Beijing, meeting with Xu Zechen and Li Er
David Mitchell and Joe Dunthorne in Shanghai, meeting with Su Tong
A.S. Byatt in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai, meeting with Liu Jiande and Wang Anyi

Sounds interesting! Has anyone been to any of the events?


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I caught the last half of the Li Er/David Mitchell/Xu Zechen event at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing 798 Art District. Engaging discussion, with outstanding interpretation by William White, but rather hobbled by the fact that Li Er and Mitchell clearly weren't very familiar with one another's work. Cloud Atlas has been translated into Chinese, but only very recently. Favorite moment: seeing Li Er suddenly snap to attention when Mitchell hinted at the possibility that all of the protagonists in Cloud Atlas are permutations/reincarnations of the same soul...

Cindy Carter, August 26, 2012, 8a.m.

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