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China Literature

Stranger Than Fiction

ChinaFile | Zhang Xiaoran | Posted 02.24.2014 | World

A Q&A with Yu Hua ZHANG XIAORAN 02.21.14 In the short 20 years since Yu Hua, a 53-year-old former dentist, has been writing, China has underg...

China, Mo Yan and the Nobel: Truth and Consequences

Susan D. Blum | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Susan D. Blum

Censorship in China is widely known and lamented. Chinese literature has a long history of what Emily Dickinson's poem alluded to: Tell all the Truth but tell it slant. It's possible that Mo Yan chooses "not to speak" about the political situation directly, but to tell it slant.