This month, Mo Yan is the first Chinese citizen to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature, and the first non-European to win in the last decade.
At the San Francisco Chronicle, Christina Larson comments on the growing market for translated Chinese literature.
“But in their own writing for a domestic audience, Chinese writers show a great range of perspectives and often a willingness to tackle difficult topics, like forced abortions and trafficking of women, especially in novels. There’s more freedom in fiction: On one level, it’s not true. On another level, it’s all very true.” – Jo Lusby, managing director of Penguin Books China