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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Chinese Publishing Industry Newsletter: October 2012

The China Publishing Industry Newsletter is a monthly mailing on new happenings in the Chinese literary and publishing scenes. It is edited by Eric Abrahamsen .

Feature

Mo Yan: Blood in the Water

It should come as no surprise that Mo Yan's Nobel win would lead to rights and representation disputes around the world. One bit of drama at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair began with the announcement that Andrew Wylie had taken over representation of all Mo Yan's novels – which came as news to both the Dijkstra Literary Agency ...

News

Amazon China CEO Jumps Ship

In the leadup to the long-awaited launch of the Kindle in Amazon, news broke on Monday that Amazon China CEO Wang Hanhua has left the company to join Apple. The news of Wang's departure, which appeared on China's Weibo microblogging platform on October 28th, has now been confirmed , though Wang denies that he'll be joining Apple. Mention ...

A Letter from a Nobel Committee Member

The debate spurred by Mo Yan's Nobel prize win has been just as heated within China as it has been without – many voices, particularly online, have raised the question of Mo Yan's political loyalties. Though no one really denies the literary value of Mo Yan's work, many raised the question of whether the author is too close ...

15 Years Later, an Unexpurgated Edition of White Deer Plain

On the coattails of the 2011 release of the film White Deer Plain , People's Literature Publishing House has re-released the book in a new edition, restoring extensive deletions made in the late 90s so that the book could be eligible for a prestigious domestic prize.

White Deer Plain , first published in 1993, is the only major novel by author ...

Hachette Expands Purchases of Chinese Fiction

Since French publisher Hachette partnered with Phoenix to form the Hachette-Phoenix Culture Development Company in 2010, most of its business has been purchasing international copyright to publish in China – the company brought 40 books into China in 2011, and plans to double that number in 2012.

Very slowly, Hachette-Phoenix copyright trade has begun to flow in the other direction: in ...

Liu Cixin Gets an App

Most Chinese authors and publishers approach digital publishing with a wince and a groan, certain that anything they put online will either be instantly pirated, or ignored by readers accustomed to paying a fraction of a cent for novels. But some developers are leaping in with gusto, as we've reported before , hoping that a quality product will convince readers ...

New Books

A Dog With No Tail

Originally titled Carrion Eaters , Ah Ding's first full-length novel was eventually published as A Dog With No Tail : the tale of three generations of a family living in a northern Chinese village.

A core member of the ...

Becoming the Peace Hotel

After writing on Shanghai-related themes for twenty years, Chen Danyan has finally decided to draw a conclusion to her "Shanghai series". The sixth book in that series, Becoming The Peace Hotel is a collection of stories that straddle ...

I'm No Pan Jinlian

Liu Zhenyun's next novel – following his Maodun Literature Prize win last year – touches off the most famous and most controversial erotic novel in China's literary history, Plum Blossom Vase , composed during the late Ming dynasty ...

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