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Top quality books about Chinese culture

2009-05-31 09:31 BJT


Our host Ji Xiaojun will let you in on the latest bestsellers in the Chinese book market, and he will also introduce some top quality books about Chinese culture written in English. But first, a roundup of what's new from the publishing scene over the past month.

It's the end of the month again and time for me to find some new good books for you guys.

The hit book this month, which tops the list of almost all major book stores around Beijing is this one "Small Reunion." It is a posthumously published novel by renowned Chinese writer Eileen Chang.

The novel, published 14 years after the writer's death, is widely regarded as a thinly veiled autobiography. The love story between the hero and heroine can be seen as Chang's real life love story with her one-time husband Hu Lancheng. Chang's works frequently deal with the tensions between men and women in love and have enjoyed immense popularity in China over the decades. Many of her novels have been adapted into films or TV series, such as Ang Lee's "Lust Caution", and the recent hit TV series "Love in a Fallen City."

The publishing of this autobiography a decade after Chang's death is likely to cause a new stir among her critics and fans around the globe.