Whether you’re looking for a printed book or for online short stories, for yourself, for a friend or for a book club, here are some pointers to get you going.
We are often asked for recommendations about Chinese novels that have been translated into English. Each December, we compile a list of that year’s publications – see our annual roll call to find out more.
Want something classic? There are four great classic Chinese novels which are widely available in translation. The British Museum has a handy information sheet about these novels here.
Short Stories Free-to-Read Online
There are also many translations of short stories, essays and poetry available to read online for free. These are a great way of exploring different authors, translators, and genres. To start you off:
- Try our own Read Paper Republic series
- The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing runs an online book club and they also publish book reviews
- Los Angeles Review of Books’ China Channel – bringing to life Chinese culture, society, politics and history
- You can also find links to other interesting sites which specialise in world literature (though not all are free to read)
Books for Younger Readers
Chinese Books for Young Readers. A fascinating website with regular, informative blog posts about new books and authors as well as a variety of other topics from sex education to illustrators of children’s books.
Other Online Resources
In 2017, Paper Republic worked with the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative to publish twenty-eight articles on Chinese literature. Topics ranged from filmed novels to children’s novels. You can find the articles on the GLLI website and on Academia.edu