Category Archives: Books

Female Hippie Pursues True Love to the End

Dream Whispering (24 yuan, Beijing Shiyue Literature and Art Press) is a book about a wife’s deep yearning for her late husband. Written by Sanmao, one of the most famous female writers in modern Chinese literature, this memoir records her life as a widow...


Bailuyuan Teaches Tradition Through a Shaanxi Family

Stories of China’s northwestern interior resonate surprisingly well with readers across the country. Bai Lu Yuan, first published in 1992, tells a similar story to the ever-popular tale of The Jade King. Set in Shaanxi province and penned by a native, the story comes...


Crash Course in Chinese Myth Gets Republished

Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Indian myths are often the bedtime stories of children growing up in the Western world. But China has no shortage of its own legends and sagas. China’s stories tend to combine the imaginative and fantastic with ancient bureaucracy and social...


Detective Novel Series Enters the World of Counterfeits

Chinese antiques may enjoy worldwide fame, but Chinese fakes are deserving of infamy. In Gudong Juzhongju, the third entry in his popular Antique Traps series, detective and sci-fi writer Ma Boyong takes readers on a journey through the world of counterfeits. Formerly a seat-warmer...


‘Ever Since We Love’ a Triumph for Amateur Writer

The first installment in a series of novels by Feng Tang, Ever Since We Love, has been called one of the most direct and impressive youth novels in modern China. After years of positive reviews and a strong fan following, a film adaptation is...


Disabled Poet Breaks the Chinese Mold

It’s not every year that a title like “I Crossed Half of the Country to F–k You” makes the list of popular Chinese poetry. Penned by Yu Xiuhua, the poem is one of the most popular in her Moonlight on the Left Hand collection...


The Qingming Shanghe Tu Code

Along the River During the Qingming Festival, or Qingming Shanghe Tu in the original Chinese, is one of China’s ten most famous paintings. As the masterwork of Northern Song artist Zhang Zeduan, the epic scroll records life among the different social classes of Bianjing,...


Silent Separation Delivers on Girls’ Dream of Lawyer Love

The TV series Silent Separation has been one of the most popular shows since its debut earlier this month. Baring a few jokes about how Zhao Mosheng returned from seven years abroad with less luggage than the average stewardess, most viewers consider it a...


Modern China’s Man of Letters

Qian Zhongshu may be modern China’s greatest man of letters. The humorous and witty writer is best known for his novel Wei Cheng, widely regarded as one of the funniest entries in China’s modern literary canon. But throughout his life, Qian’s interests were often...


The Diaries of Boys and Girls

Children’s literature in China is often limited to exaggerated fairytales with bright pictures. But for growing children these can be too simple. Older children and younger teens often fall into a neglected literary zone, being both too old for children’s books and too immature...