Check out the Amazon.com page for the hardback edition of volume one of Liu Cixin's epic sci-fi trilogy, The Three Body Problem. Volume one, translated by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books, has only been out for a few days, and as of today is ranked #683 among all books on Amazon, and #1 among Chinese literature. Holy crap.
Congratulations to Liu Cixin, Ken Liu, and in advance to Joel Martinsen, the translator of the forthcoming second volume.
And to the rest of you Chinese authors… Reach for the stars.
Good news for Liu (both of them)! But I would like to know more about the classification of books on Amazon. Mo Yan's Frog isn't classified as Chinese literature, and Red Sorghum is classified as World literature > Asian (but not Chinese). Yu Hua's China in Ten Words seems to be ranked in Books and nothing else. Not that I think they would necessarily outsell Liu Cixin, but the ranking is still somewhat uncertain.
Anna Chen, November 16, 2014, 9:23a.m.