China: Mo Yan stresses sinology in translation work

Mo_YanChina’s Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan on Tuesday called on sinologists to penetrate deep into Chinese daily life to better translate Chinese literature and provide vivid works for readers.

Mo Yan made the call at a symposium on sino-foreign cultural exchanges held in Beijing, an event which gathered 21 sinologists from 17 countries as well as 15 Chinese cultural academics.

“Sinologists should know both China and the lives of ordinary Chinese people when they want to translate Chinese contemporary literature,” he said, adding that sinologists can translate such works more vividly only by better understanding the psychology of the original writer.

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