• Fiction
      March 2010

      Our Hearts Are So Stubborn

      by YE Zhaoyan

      Our Hearts Are So Stubborn is a novel about a generation of educated youths. Their lives have been realistically reconstructed through the imagination and writing of Zhaoyan Ye. Previous books about this generation of educated youths have been closely related to the “grand narrative” that is studied in schools today as history. From birth, this generation was tasked with assuming the burden of history and making that “grand narrative” a reality. Of course in reality, that narrative was more often than not a fabrication, even if it did have a small correlation with these youths’ lives. In this book, Zhaoyan Ye explains the real history of this generation. The main characters of the novel are Xuemin Cai, the fourth son in his family, later called the “fourth elder”, and his current lover—soon to be wife—Liyan Xue. They are attracted to each other from the beginning of the story, and eventually their lives are bound tightly together by their romantic affair. Their physical relationship has very little to do with the undying love and honesty that drives the plots of traditional love stories, and more to do with the unrestrained hopes and dreams that people have, as well as the wanton indulgence of one’s desires. Even though the story takes place during an era when the education of the youth was strongly emphasized and little self-indulgence was tolerated, the blossoming of these two young students’ love cannot be restrained.

    • Fiction
      August 2012

      To Live

      by YU Hua

      An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade's ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

    • Fiction
      September 2012

      Chronicle of a Blood Merchant

      by YU Hua

      One of the last decade's ten most influential books in China, this internationally acclaimed novel by one of the mainland's most important contemporary writers provides an unflinching portrait of life under Chairman Mao. A cart-pusher in a silk mill, XU Sanguan augments his meager salary with regular visits to the local blood chief. His visits become lethally frequent as he struggles to provide for his wife and three sons at the height of the Cultural Revolution. Shattered to discover that his favorite son was actually born of a liaison between his wife and a neighbor, he suffers his greatest indignity, while his wife is publicly scorned as a prostitute. Although the poverty and betrayals of Mao's regime have drained him, XU Sanguan ultimately finds strength in the blood ties of his family. With rare emotional intensity, grippingly raw description of place and time, and clear-eyed compassion, YU Hua gives us a stunning tapestry of human life in the grave particulars of one man's days.

    • Fiction
      November 2012

      Cries in the Drizzle

      by YU Hua

      YU Hua's beautiful, heartbreaking novel Cries in the Drizzle follows a young Chinese boy throughout his childhood and adolescence during the reign of Chairman Mao. The middle son of three, SUN Guanglin is constantly neglected by his parents and his younger and older brother. Sent away at age six to live with another family, he returns to his parents' house six years later on the same night that their home burns to the ground, making him even more a black sheep. Yet SUN Guanglin's status as an outcast, both at home and in his village, places him in a unique position to observe the changing nature of Chinese society, as social dynamics, and his very own family, are changed forever under Communist rule.

    • Fiction
      March 2010

      Other People’s Love

      by YE Zhaoyan

      Guolu, a college professor, meets a director named Zhongqiu during a TV show planning meeting. After getting to know each other, Zhongqiu decides to ask Guolu to attend the production of her new television show. While visiting the show, Guolu soon finds his way into Zhongqiu’s personal life, and is introduced to two generations of her family. However, the drama on the show soon begins to leak into and entangle Guolu and Zhongqiu’s lives.

    • Fiction
      June 2016

      The Returning Soul

      by Chen Yingsong

      This is a story of a ghost, who returned to “the birth land”, and died again. It is written by Chen Yingsong, who applies magic realism in his work. The reality of village and absurd existence has been narrated by his poetic and musical language.

    • Fiction
      October 2010

      Unable to Deliver this Feeling

      by LU Min

      This is the personal favorite novel of LU Min, the young female writer who has just won the most important literature award in China. The story is very cruel. In 1984, China, a young couple was making love after a happy party for Christmas evening. Suddenly, the door was broken open and the boy was arrested. According to the law at that time, he was sentenced to death. That starts the girl's tragedy through all her life.

    • Fiction
      May 2008

      A Flower’s Shadow

      by YE Zhaoyan

      The small town of 1920s Jiangnan is the setting and subject of this story. Small towns like this no longer exist in the modern age; they have become a thing of the past. However, people’s thoughts can be like an arrow piercing through the fabric of time, reviving an era that ended long ago. As time flows backward, old dreams gain new vigor, and the small town of 1920s Jiangnan finally begins to take shape in the minds of the reader.

    • Fiction

      Another Life for Women

      by SU Tong

      Tong Su’s writing style comes across very clearly in this novel about women. In the book, women are no longer the embodiment of beauty. Instead, they are forced to fight just to survive, their main adversaries soon becoming their own sisters. This infighting allows those women on the fringe to wake up and learn to meddle in others’ affairs. This book tells the story of a world of women, as imagined by Tong Su.

    • Fiction
      April 2016

      Bronze and Sunflower

      by Cao Wenxuan

      A beautifully written, timeless tale by bestselling author, Cao Wenxuan, the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands - the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracized by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze's family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze's family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness? A classic, heartwarming tale set to the backdrop of the Chinese cultural revolution.

    • Fiction

      Transcendence

      by Shi Shuqing

      This novel tells two stories of an ancient Chinese monk and a modern young lady. With elegant narration, the author discusses love, lust, and Buddhism. Crossing the time of 1500 years, the fate of protagonists interweaved in Nanjing, the city of Buddhism.

    • Fiction
      August 2018

      The Language of Go Chess

      by Chu Fujin

      This is a story about Chinese Go chess.The protagonist Xiao Wang lives in the North Lane. Go chess connects his life with other chess players such as Jiang Chong, Liu Yun, Tao Song, Chen Xiaodong and Chang Shuo. Through this novel, we see the modern life, the modern psychology and the modern society of China.

    • Fiction
      January 2014

      Snuggling

      by Ding Jie

      This novel tells a story of two young people’s spiritual love during a car accident in a Utopian-like northern country. It is an Oriental dream between a young man and a young woman. The novel won “Asian Youth Literature Prize” in 2014. Korean and English copyright has been sold.

    • Fiction
      July 2018

      Life Show

      by Chi Li

      This is a short story collection written by one of the best female Chinese writers Chi Li, who chooses five of her representative stories that happens in Wuhan city. The author is famous for her description of ordinary Chinese citizens from female perspective. Her works have been favored by many readers in and out of China.

    • Fiction
      January 2016

      Hall of Mirrors

      by Chen Qian

      In this novel, a series of mirrors has been used by the author as a tool to reflect daily life of ethnic Chinese scientists in Silicon Valley. Behind the marvelous high-tech products and glory of scientific workers, there are deep anxiety and bewilderment.

    • Fiction
      August 2015

      When We Were Young

      by Jiu Yehui

      This is a novel of youth. A group of children grew up in the alleys of Beijing;they missed and misunderstood each other when they split for different schools and residences; they faced totally different situation as everyone became adult and involved in affairs and career. No matter how intimate they used to be, they had to deal with their own problems independently.

    • Fiction
      January 2017

      The Weak Sovereignty

      by 李之亮

      This is a novel by a famous Chinese historian Li Zhiliang. It unfolds the stories of political games under the rule of Xiaozong Zhao Shen and Guangzong Zhao Dun, the eleventh emperor and the twelfth emperor in the Song Dynasty respectively, through which it unearths the truth of the vicissitude of the Song Dynasty.

    • Fiction
      April 2017

      Made In China

      by Zhou Meisen

      This novel focuses on reformation of a Chinese city through struggle and fate of people from three social classes: the leaders, the middle managers, and the common citizens.

    • Fiction
      April 2017

      National Public Prosecution

      by Zhou Meisen

      In this title, a fire case shakes the official circles of Changshan city. The conflicts between interest groups and shocking corruption emerge from this case. It’s an exciting novel with tightknit plot.

    • Fiction
      April 2017

      Absolute Power

      by Zhou Meisen

      The story starts with a corruption case in an economically developed city Jingzhou. The municipal party secretary’s wife and daughter, as well as two members of committee are investigated by the former mayor, who suffered a car accident while leaving Jingzhou city years ago. When this former mayor returns, a cruel political struggle begins.

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