Observing China At 60: Three Authors
May 23, 2009 As the People's Republic of China turns 60 this year, three best-selling novelists offer their perspectives. Each author is a product of his era, shaped by the prevailing political forces of his generation. Their differing views — of their country and of their role in society — expose a wide generation gap between young Chinese and their forbearers.
May 26, 2009 Jiang Rong's life has spanned the history of the People's Republic of China. The 63-year-old writer of the acclaimed novel Wolf Totem is a democracy activist who has spent time in prison, as well as an old-school intellectual in the tradition of the classical scholar. He sees his role as speaking out against wrongdoing and injustice, whatever the cost.
May 27, 2009 Bestselling Chinese author Yu Hua says, for his 40-something generation, life can be divided into two periods: the political excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s and '70s, and the capitalist excesses of the past 30 years. His book Brothers is a lewd, rambunctious, heartbreaking epic of modern China.
May 28, 2009 Author Guo Jingming, 25, is a pop icon in China. His work has been attacked for commercialism and narcissism, the very criticism often directed at China's generation of only children under the one-child policy. But his popularity is unmistakable: He reportedly has earned $3.5 million in the past two years as the nation's top-selling author.