Gurnah’s Nobel Prize for Literature: One African Publisher’s Take

During the immediate aftermath of the naming of Zanzibar-born author Abdulrazak Gurnah as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, it seemed that much of the Sinosphere coverage was either scholarly papers penned a few years back by Chinese scholars and reheated for the occasion, or translated snippets of English-language wire service reports pasted … Continue reading Gurnah’s Nobel Prize for Literature: One African Publisher’s Take

Writing Fiction: “A Degree of Possession”

Whether or how much a book draws from real life isn’t strictly quantifiable . . . Part of this mystery is due to the chaotic consciousness native to the novel-writing process, which requires a degree of possession . . . To dig a book out of the ground can be backbreaking, hand-tearing work; you need to forget what you … Continue reading Writing Fiction: “A Degree of Possession”

“Let a thousand translations bloom”

Mridula Nath Chakraborty on the controversy arising from the resignation of Amanda Gorman’s Dutch translator:  Translators ferry across the meaning, materiality, metaphysics and all the magic that may be unknown in the mediums and conventions of their own tongue. The pull of the strange, the foreign, and the alien are necessary for acts of translation. It … Continue reading “Let a thousand translations bloom”

Quote of the Week: A Shipwrecked Mother Tongue

For me, linguistic displacement is a mark of origin. When I was five years old, I learned French at the Alliance Française in Santiago; at seven years old, when we moved to California, I learned English and forgot my French. From that moment forward, I have remained sandwiched between Spanish and English, feeling comfortable to a … Continue reading Quote of the Week: A Shipwrecked Mother Tongue

Crime & Punishment for Online Speech in the People’s Paradise —— 中国文字狱事件

The New York Times reports: In China, don’t question the heroes. 在中国,不要怀疑英雄。 At least seven people over the past week have been threatened, detained or arrested after casting doubt over the government’s account of the deaths of Chinese soldiers during a clash last year with Indian troops. Three of them are being detained for between seven and … Continue reading Crime & Punishment for Online Speech in the People’s Paradise —— 中国文字狱事件

AfroLit4China: Bilingual Guide to Links about African Writing in Chinese Translation

非洲文学:中文译本 African Writing in Chinese Translation (Mini-database) African Lit in Chinese Translation: Still Stuck on “Things Fall Apart”? African Writing in Chinese Translation: 2020 Round-up and a Peek at 2021 Chimamanda Adichie is leading the rise of an African literature wave in China Chinese Academics Ask: 非洲文学离我们有多远? Chinese Translations of African Writing Rise 63 Percent since … Continue reading AfroLit4China: Bilingual Guide to Links about African Writing in Chinese Translation

“Multi-ethnic” Literature: Yilin’s 2020 Cache of Fiction by non-Han Writers

As your year-end holiday lockdown fast approaches, it’s worth noting a new series of books by non-Han writers launched this year by one of China’s best-known publishers, Yilin Press — lit., “translation forest” — that is normally associated with marketing popular foreign-language fiction in Mandarin for Chinese readers. The name of the series itself, Library … Continue reading “Multi-ethnic” Literature: Yilin’s 2020 Cache of Fiction by non-Han Writers

“Cockroach” – Documentary on Hong Kong protests

Writes Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian about Ai Weiwei’s latest documentary: Cockroach is about the passionate pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, which was triggered by the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill by the pro-Chinese Hong Kong government in 2019, exposing protesters to extradition to the Chinese mainland and effectively destroying that minimum of 50 years’ judicial … Continue reading “Cockroach” – Documentary on Hong Kong protests