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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Would You Like to Choose a Translated Chinese Novel?

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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.

PRINTED BOOKS

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. Here are the lists for the years 2012 to 2017:

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-VIEW 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. Here are some sites to start you off:

(1) Our own Read Paper Republic series.

We started in 2016 with READ PAPER REPUBLIC PRESENTS, an ambitious project to publish a translation a week for a year. The stories are here and are also available, with tags, at the Paper Republic Story Hub, The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing.

Since then, we have published a few shorter series of short stories on particular themes:

(2) Writing Chinese – the website of the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing.

This project has been running for several years now. Their online Book Club features a different author each month, and provides the text in Chinese and English. See also their Book Reviews.

(3) Words Without Borders – translated short stories and essays from around the world

(4) Clarkesworld Magazine – science fiction from around the world

(5) Asymptote Journal – short stories, essays and poems from around the world.

BOOK FOR YOUNG 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

Twenty-eight articles on topics ranging from filmed novels to children’s novels, co-published with Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI), available on Academia.edu here and on GLLI.

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