HERE’S WHAT EVERY CHINESE BOOK RECENTLY TRANSLATED FOR THE US IS ABOUT

If you want to understand China, you might want to turn to its literature.

While many American readers have discovered the works of Liu Cixin, the author of the The Three-Body Problem, the first translated novel to win science-fiction’s coveted Hugo Award, and Yan Lianke, a satirist of the Communist Party’s brutalities and perhaps China’s most controversial novelist, there are many more books available for American readers trying to get into the Chinese psyche (or perhaps just enjoy some interesting writing).

According to Publishers Weekly’s Translation Database, 59 books originally published in China were published in translation in the US from January 2017 to March 2019—accounting for about 3% of all translations published in the US over that period. They are made up of 29 books of fiction, 18 children’s books, and 12 books of poetry.

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