Controversial novel to be published in English

Translators at Northwest University, Xi’an, recently finished the first draft of an English version of a controversial Chinese novel and are looking for overseas publishers.

“Fei Du (The Abandoned Capital)”, the first novel by Jia Pingwa, was originally published 20 years ago, and was quickly banned for its explicit sexual content and “vulgar style”. It was reissued in 2009.

Hu Zongfeng, vice dean of the school of foreign languages, and his colleague Robin Gilbank have spent three years working on the translation.

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