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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.
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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.
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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.
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