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. Here are the lists for the years 2012 to 2017:
- Translations (books only) published in 2012
- Translations (books only) published in 2013
- Translations (books only) published in 2014
- Translations (books only) published in 2015
- Translations (books only) published in 2016
- Translations (books only) published in 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:
- READ PAPER REPUBLIC Bare Branches (four short stories about love, longing, and loneliness),
- READ PAPER REPUBLIC China Dispatches (non-fiction), and
- READ PAPER REPUBLIC Afterlives (ghosts and other spooky happenings).
(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.
- Paper Republic @paperrepublic
- China Fiction Book Club @cfbcuk
- Pathlight Magazine @PathlightMag
- Writing Chinese @writingchinese
- Chinese Books for Young Readers @cb4yr
We hope you will find these resources helpful. We welcome your comments, queries and feedback. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.