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Mai Jia: A Chinese spy novelist’s world of dark secrets

MaiJiaMai Jia, a top-selling Chinese espionage novelist and former soldier, has been writing about secrets for years.

In his half-dozen novels, Mr. Mai, who has sold millions of books and won many Chinese literary awards, including the Mao Dun Literature Prize, describes intrigue at home that most Chinese, let alone non-Chinese, know nothing about. Read more

Language, culture disparities keep Chinese literature from going abroad

Translated versions of Chinese literature remain in small supply around the world, while many works popular with Chinese audiences have yet to be translated into foreign languages.

“Muslim Funeral,” written by Chinese female author Huo Da, chronicles the family history of three generations of Muslim jade carvers in Beijing.

The book — winner of the Mao Dun Literature Prize, one of China’s most prestigious literary honors awarded every four years — has sold 2.2 million copies over the past 26 years since it was first published.

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