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Chinese Contemporary Literature enjoys increasing international visibility

  • Source:CPG | 2018-01-05
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As shown by the relevant data, China’s import-export ratio structure, comparing to the deficit figure of 10 years ago, has been continuously optimized. At Frankfurt International Book Fair concluded in the autumn, China’s import-export ratio of books was about 1:1.5. At this year's Beijing Photo Fair, 5,262 trade agreements on copyright were reached between China and other countries, an increase of 4.9% year on year, including 3200 agreements on various types of copyright export and cooperative publishing, a rise of 5.5% year on year, hitting a record high. Contemporary original literary works were ranked in the top of the export. 

The writers like Mo Yan, Liu Cixin and Cao Wenxuan and their works have won the international recognition, which led Chinese contemporary literature to step on the world stage. The internet literature, such as “Nirvana in Fire” and “Ode to Joy”,  has "gone to sea", and on the translation websites, such as “Wuxia World” and “Gravity Tales”, up to 4 million active users are “chasing” the update of the Chinese cyber novels. Accordingly, the domestic contemporary literature has broken through the previous state of “fighting alone” and offers more hope of “sustainable export”. In addition to the original novels, the export of literary criticism also provides readers with a “guide” of reading. 

 After entering the European and American book markets, many works have been exported to the countries of minority languages and those along the Belt and Road have turned to be favored. For example, since Mo Yan won the Nobel prize in 2012, his works have been translated into over 40 languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Russian, etc. Recently, Zhejiang Literature and Art Publishing House has confirmed the global promotion project of Chinese contemporary writers, with Mo Yan and Mai Jia as the representative, aiming to promote them to the countries along "the Belt and Road".          

Editor:caoyu

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