1982-2015 Mao Dun Prize: 43 Winners — But which Ones Truly Benefited Sales-wise?

Over the last few years, the veil has been partially lifted on what has been China’s most coveted literary prize for the novel, the Mao Dun Literature Prize, which is awarded just once every four years. You can bone up on the scandals behind this and other awards here if you like. The Beijing Daily … Continue reading 1982-2015 Mao Dun Prize: 43 Winners — But which Ones Truly Benefited Sales-wise?

Ethnic ChinaLit Briefs (Feb 11)

Shaanxi Fiction via French Comics One of China’s best-selling, classic works of “rural fiction,” the White Deer Plain by Chen Zhongshi (白鹿原,陈忠实), has still not been translated into English, but is available in French (Au pays du cerf blanc) in a rendition by Shao Baoqing and Solange Cruveillé. This month, the comics version (连环画, right) made its … Continue reading Ethnic ChinaLit Briefs (Feb 11)

Chen Zhongshi’s “White Deer Plain”: Censored to Win Coveted Mao Dun Literary Prize

White Deer Plain, a newly launched movie based on Chen Zhongshi's novel of the same name (白鹿原, 陈忠实著), has aroused controversy both as a book and as a film. The novel tells the tale of two families, Bai and Lu, living through the fall of the Qing Dynasty, the beginning of the Republic and the rise of … Continue reading Chen Zhongshi’s “White Deer Plain”: Censored to Win Coveted Mao Dun Literary Prize