No More Heroes? The Chinese Nobel Laureates that Weren't
VIVA PINTER: HAROLD PINTER'S SPIRIT OF RESISTANCE, Brigitte Gauthier, ed., pp. 161-167, Peter Lang, 2009
8 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2009 Last revised: 15 Jan 2011
Date Written: 2009
Chinese writers are little known in the West, we "know" above all the poets of the seventh to ninth centuries, translated from the nineteenth century onwards by Western sinologists, we are aware also of certain contemporary writers who write directly in English or other Western languages, or who have found enthusiastic translators interested in their work. A single Chinese-language writer, naturalized French, has received the Nobel Prize for literature: Gao Xingjian. This text discusses the qualities of other Chinese writers who might also have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Keywords: China, Nobel Prize, Ba Jin, Gao Xingjian, Bei Dao, Pinter, Pamuk
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