Covering China Best-seller “Kite Runner”: Taking Translator Invisibility to the Extreme

In How to Top China’s Best-seller List Without Really Trying, Alexa Olesen reports on a recent upsurge in sales of the Chinese edition of Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner (追风筝的人): Over the last nine years, The Kite Runner has sold more than 3 million copies in China. Nearly a third of that total comes from sales … Continue reading Covering China Best-seller “Kite Runner”: Taking Translator Invisibility to the Extreme

The Unsavory Side of Translated Fiction Publishing in China

In Book Publishers Scramble for Chinese Readers at the NY Times today, one China publisher in particular---Horizon Media---is featured as particularly savvy in recognizing early on the huge demand of Chinese readers for fiction from the West, and for picking winners that it brought to the market efficiently: Wang Ling, Horizon’s chief literature editor, cites as … Continue reading The Unsavory Side of Translated Fiction Publishing in China