The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast
Ep 38 - Lin Yutang and Hymn to Shanghai with Paul French

Ep 38 - Lin Yutang and Hymn to Shanghai with Paul French

September 12, 2020

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'O thou city that surpasseth our understanding! How impressive are they emptiness, and thy commonness, and thy bad taste!'

In the thirty eighth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Hymn to Shanghai (上海之歌 / Shànghǎi Zhīgē), a piece by 'the little critic' himself, Lin Yutang. Joining me to pick apart Lin's biblical condemnation is the roguish raconteur and historian of Old Shanghai, Paul French. Expect to hear a lot about the virtues of liberal cosmopolitanism and the evils of Art Deco and gin liqueur.

 

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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 6 - Interview with Dong Li

Ep 6 - Interview with Dong Li

April 18, 2019

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'It was in the desert that I found poetry.'

In this episode we're talking to Dong Li, translator of The Wild Great Wall (野长城 // Yě Chángchéng) by the poet Zhu Zhu.

Dong Li was born in the PRC and now resides in Germany. He's had fellowships and publications galore, and can speak Chinese, English, German, and French.

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Here's the three poets Dong Li recommends you check out:

Dong Li's World Literature Today article www. 

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Ep 5 - Zhu Zhu and The Wild Great Wall

Ep 5 - Zhu Zhu and The Wild Great Wall

April 6, 2019

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"This moment countless men up the stairs. Upstairs, Chopin already in the dark. Downstairs, dying alone in a crowd."

In this episode we are looking at: The Wild Great Wall (野长城 // Yě Chángchéng)

It's a brand new release. It's poetic, it's universal and cross-cultural, and yet it's also quite defiantly (I dare to say) Chinese. In a funny sort of way.

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