The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast
Ep 34 - Gu Long and 7 Killers with Deathblade

Ep 34 - Gu Long and 7 Killers with Deathblade

June 7, 2020

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It was after dusk.

Lanterns illuminated the restaurant.

The lantern light shone on the faces of Fang Kuan and the others, which dripped with sweat. Cold sweat.

In the thirty fourth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at 7 Killers, by Wuxia renegade Gu Long. Our guest is one of the top translators of Wuxia webnovels, Deathblade.

7 Killers is classic Gu Long, and an early entry in Deathblade's career as a translator. We use it as a jump-off point to talk about Chinese web fiction, similarities between Wuxia and other genres, and the hyperpowered characters of xianxia web fiction.

 

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Ep 33 - Jin Yong and Legend of the Condor Heroes with Gigi Chang

Ep 33 - Jin Yong and Legend of the Condor Heroes with Gigi Chang

May 30, 2020

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'We Han Chinese outnumber the Jurchen by more than a hundred to one. If the Imperial Court decided to employ honest and loyal men, our great Empire would prevail. With one hundred of our men against one of their worthless soldiers, how could the Jin army win?'

In the thirty third episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Legend of the Condor Heroes, the magnum opus of Wuxia grandmaster Jin Yong. Our guest is one of the translators working to bring it into English, Gigi Chang.

Condor Heroes is a huge entry in Chinese literature (both highbrow and lowbrow), and pop culture in general. In this first episode of the podcast's Wuxia season, I begin to get to grips with this absolute behemoth of genre fiction.

 

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(忠肝义胆 / Zhōng Gān Yì Dǎn / Loyal liver, righteous guts)

 

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Ep 32 - The Book of Shanghai with Karen Wang

Ep 32 - The Book of Shanghai with Karen Wang

May 13, 2020

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"A true map cannot simply mark out the landmarks, and the most popular tourist sites, it must be able to guide readers through the city’s lesser-known corners, its dimly-lit nooks and rarely-frequented crannies"

In the thirty second episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at The Book of Shanghai, a short story collection from Comma Press. Our guest is Karen Wang of the Manchester Confucius Institute

 

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(捉 / Zhuō / Grasping)

 

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Ep 31 - Su Tong and Petulia’s Rouge Tin with Anya Goncharova

Ep 31 - Su Tong and Petulia’s Rouge Tin with Anya Goncharova

May 2, 2020

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"Autumn Grace jumped up from the ground, kicked off her high heels and dashed away, one hand holding up the hem of her gown"

In the thirty first episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Su Tong's Petulia's Rouge Tin (红粉 / Hóngfěn) Our guest is Anya Goncharova of the Peony Literary Agency

 

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(亲 / Qīn / Dear)

 

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Ching Shih, invincible pirate

A Billion Voices: China's Search for a Common Language

The Eighth Life

 

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Ep 30 - Ge Fei and Flock of Brown Birds with Eric Abrahamsen

Ep 30 - Ge Fei and Flock of Brown Birds with Eric Abrahamsen

April 21, 2020

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"Assuming my memory hasn't been obstructed, then something must be interfering with time"

In the thirtieth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Ge Fei's Flock of Brown Birds (褐色鸟群 / Hésè Niǎoqún) Our guest is Eric Abrahamsen, one of the founding members of Paper Republic

Ge Fei on Paper Republic

Translator Poppy Toland on Paper Republic

 

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(记忆 / Jìyì / memory)

(叙事者 / Xùshìzhě / narrator)

 

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Ep 29 - Song Aman and Gongsun’s Dreams with Michelle Deeter

Ep 29 - Song Aman and Gongsun’s Dreams with Michelle Deeter

April 12, 2020

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"Memory comes from forgetting"

In the twenty ninth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Song Aman's Gongsun's Dreams (公孙画梦 / Gōngsūn Huàmèng) Our guest is Michelle Deeter, returning for her second appearance on the show! This story is not yet published in English. The Chinese version features in Song Aman's collection Inland Romance, published in Chinese by Jiangsu Phoenix Literature and Art Publishing.

Michelle Deeter's homepage

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(魔方 / mófāng / rubik's cube)

(利薄多销 / lìbóduōxiāo / small profits, numerous sales)

 

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Ep 28 - Yang Lian and Narrative Poem with Brian Holton

Ep 28 - Yang Lian and Narrative Poem with Brian Holton

April 4, 2020

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"Dalliances wi ither worlds..."

In the twenty eighth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Yang Lian's Narrative Poem (叙事诗 / Xùshìshī) Our guest is Brian Holton, the premier translator of Chinese-to-Scots!

Publishers: EN - Bloodaxe Books // CN - Huaxia Publishing House

Yang Lian's homepage // Brian Holton on Paper Republic

 

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Ep 27 - Mo Yan and Radish with Lehyla Heward

Ep 27 - Mo Yan and Radish with Lehyla Heward

March 24, 2020

"As the boy's thoughts wandered, the purple and green leaves turned into autumn well water, and then the jute became water, while sparrows skimming the tips of the jute plants were transformed into green kingfishers snapping up tiny shrimp from the water's surface."

In the twenty seventh episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Mo Yan's Radish (透明的红萝卜 / Tòumíngde Hóngluóbo). Our guest is Lehyla Heward

Publishers: EN - Penguin China // CN - Chinese Writers Magazine Author

Mo Yan on Paper Republic

Howard Goldblatt on Paper Republic

 

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Ep 26 - Hao Jingfang and Vagabonds with Ken Liu

Ep 26 - Hao Jingfang and Vagabonds with Ken Liu

March 7, 2020

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"A person from one civilisation looks at their surroundings as distinct objects and events and considers them separately. But when a person from another civilisation looks in as an outsider, they prefer to view everything through the lens of political power and try to explain everything based on that perspective."

In the twenty sixth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Hao Jingfang's Vagabonds (流浪玛厄斯 / Liúlàng Mǎèsī)

It would be tempting to say that Vagabonds is a Chinese rewrite of Ursula K le Guin’s The Dispossessed. My guest Ken Liu would be the first to stress that while there’s some truth to this, readers would be much better off treating the book as thing unto itself. He’s right- this is a book with no shortage of ideas or interpretations. Storywise, here’s what you need to know: it’s a red socialist planet ‘versus’ a green and blue corpocracy. Sit down, get comfy, and pick a side. Or don’t. Not picking a side may be the point.

Publishers: EN - Simon & Schuster - Head of Zeus  // CN - New Star Press

Hao Jingfang on Paper Republic

Ken Liu on Paper Republic 

 

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Ep 25 - Sanmao and Stories of the Sahara with Mike Fu

Ep 25 - Sanmao and Stories of the Sahara with Mike Fu

February 15, 2020

"Don't ask from where I have come. My home is far, far away."

In the twenty fifth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Sanmao's Stories of the Sahara (撒哈拉的故事 / Sǎhālāde Gùshì)

Sanmao is a literary hero in China and Taiwan, but only recently has some of that fame begun to spill over into the rest of the world. She’s probably most famous for the time she spent in the Sahara, writing in a lucid, arresting, and playful style about her life there. Sanmao passed away in the 90s but she’s very much alive on the page, as her translator Mike Fu and I discuss.

Publisher: Bloomsbury

 

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