Posts Tagged ‘China’

The Fat Years – Chan Koonchung

 Translated from the Chinese by Michael S. Duke Five words from the blurb: China, truth, memory, cheerfulness, world The Fat Years is billed as “the notorious thriller they banned in China”, but closer inspection reveals that the fictional elements of this story are minimal and I think it can be more accurately described as a controversial exposé […]

Empire of the Sun – JG Ballard

Winner of 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize Shortlisted for 1984 Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: Shanghai, British, boy, lost, war It is funny how we sometimes build up a picture of a book before we’ve read it, only to have all those expectations shattered once we begin. For some reason I expected […]

Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother – Xinran

  Translated from Chinese by Nicky Harman A million female foetuses are aborted and tens of thousands of baby girls are abandoned every year in China. The desire for a male heir has clashed with the Chinese one-child policy to form a society where the birth of a girl is seen as a disappointment. This book gives […]

Three Sisters – Bi Feiyu

 Winner of 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize Translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin Five words from the blurb: sisters, China, power, society, family Three Sisters gives a fascinating insight into the life of Chinese women in the 1970s. By observing the differences between three sisters we see how the status of their […]

Wolf Totem – Jiang Rong

 Winner 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize Translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt I bought a copy of Wolf Totem after I met The Book Whisperer and she raved about it. It is her favourite book of all time and as I love books set in Asia I decided to give it a try. Wolf Totem is set on the […]

The Boat to Redemption – Su Tong

 Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2009 Translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt The Boat to Redemption focuses on the boat people of a Chinese River. The central character is Dongliang, who was once the revered grandson of a revolutionary martyr, but when his ancestry is questioned his life quickly deteriorates. The main […]