Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

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Book review: Yu Hua's The Seventh Day - grim satire on China's poor

Chinese author's narrator wanders dead for a week and meets others who, like him, can find no peace. It's a device this darkly funny novel uses to explore the chaos of modern China and upturn all that's wrong in country where lust for money and power has trumped common decency.

17 Apr 2015 - 1:42PM

Chinese author's narrator wanders dead for a week and meets others who, like him, can find no peace. It's a device this darkly funny novel uses to explore the chaos of modern China and upturn all that's wrong in country where lust for money and power has trumped common decency.

Book review: Yu Hua's The Seventh Day - grim satire on China's poor
Author Ha Jin's exile in the US helped him understand the spy protagonist of his latest novel

For US-based author Ha Jin, his exile and the saga of a real-life Chinese spy have given him a deeper understanding of what life is like in the shadows, writes Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.

17 Apr 2015 - 1:42PM

For US-based author Ha Jin, his exile and the saga of a real-life Chinese spy have given him a deeper understanding of what life is like in the shadows, writes Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.

Author Ha Jin's exile in the US helped him understand the spy protagonist of his latest novel
Book review: Confrontation, by Alain Badiou and Alain Finkielkraut

Alain Badiou and Alain Finkielkraut are French philosophers with opposing visions. Indeed, their extensive differences are brought together by one thing alone: both are courageous thinkers unafraid to stand up and say what they think despite the prevailing intellectual fashions of the time.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:12PM

Alain Badiou and Alain Finkielkraut are French philosophers with opposing visions. Indeed, their extensive differences are brought together by one thing alone: both are courageous thinkers unafraid to stand up and say what they think despite the prevailing intellectual fashions of the time.

Book review: Confrontation, by Alain Badiou and Alain Finkielkraut
Book review: Controversies, by Alain Badiou and Jean-Claude Milner

In 2000, two of France's most important intellectual thinkers broke off relations.

24 Aug 2014 - 10:58AM

In 2000, two of France's most important intellectual thinkers broke off relations.

Book review: Controversies, by Alain Badiou and Jean-Claude Milner
Novel explores lives of Beijing's unnoticed street hawkers

When rakish 25-year-old Dunhuang is released from prison, he is assaulted - by a dust devil. The polluted air fills his eyes, nose and mouth with fine grit, forcing him to sneeze and spit.

17 Apr 2015 - 1:42PM

When rakish 25-year-old Dunhuang is released from prison, he is assaulted - by a dust devil. The polluted air fills his eyes, nose and mouth with fine grit, forcing him to sneeze and spit.

Novel explores lives of Beijing's unnoticed street hawkers
Book review: The Mirror of Love, by Joachim Chu Chee-kong
Top critic rates the state of the mainland's film industry
To the End of the Land
31 Oct 2010 - 12:00AM
To the End of the Land
An Eastern Saga: A Film Man's Memoir of a Lost Asia
Book review: Giant Pandas

Giant Pandas is a coffee-table book with a serious message. Giant pandas, we are told time and again, are more than cute mammals worthy of our adoration. Beyond their chubby cheeks, rotund bodies, and black-and-white fur coats, they are wild animals facing extinction.

15 Dec 2012 - 11:26PM

Giant Pandas is a coffee-table book with a serious message. Giant pandas, we are told time and again, are more than cute mammals worthy of our adoration. Beyond their chubby cheeks, rotund bodies, and black-and-white fur coats, they are wild animals facing extinction.

Book review: Giant Pandas
China knowledge central to thriller series' appeal

Californian author and former Hollywood executive Lisa Brackmann, 54, has just published her second thriller set in China.

4 Aug 2013 - 2:40PM

Californian author and former Hollywood executive Lisa Brackmann, 54, has just published her second thriller set in China.

China knowledge central to thriller series' appeal
The Lake of Dreams
30 Jan 2011 - 12:00AM
The Lake of Dreams
Goldfish, by Jennifer Wong

Goldfish is a random name for a poetry collection that delves deep into Chinese culture. But perhaps random is the best word to describe this eclectic - and vast - group of poems, written by Hong Kong poet Jennifer Wong.

8 Sep 2013 - 5:47PM

Goldfish is a random name for a poetry collection that delves deep into Chinese culture. But perhaps random is the best word to describe this eclectic - and vast - group of poems, written by Hong Kong poet Jennifer Wong.

Goldfish, by Jennifer Wong
Making noise - the intrinsic protest of rock bands in Beijing

If there is a Brooklyn in Beijing, it is the Gulou district. Funky western-style coffee shops line the teeming main road, alongside the street stalls, the construction works, the scattering of dive bars tucked away behind the hot pot restaurants.

19 May 2013 - 2:41PM

If there is a Brooklyn in Beijing, it is the Gulou district. Funky western-style coffee shops line the teeming main road, alongside the street stalls, the construction works, the scattering of dive bars tucked away behind the hot pot restaurants.

Making noise - the intrinsic protest of rock bands in Beijing
Shanghai swing
27 Feb 2011 - 12:00AM
Shanghai swing
Reissue of pre-1997 poetry collection still has much relevance today

City at the End of Time, a collection of bilingual poems by Hong Kong poet Leung Ping-kwan, was first published in 1992 when the upcoming 1997 handover loomed large over the works and how they were interpreted. Today, readers of this new edition can view the poems with the benefit of historical hindsight. Yet, despite 15 years having passed since Hong Kong was handed back to China, Leung's insights remain surprisingly fresh and relevant.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:41AM

City at the End of Time, a collection of bilingual poems by Hong Kong poet Leung Ping-kwan, was first published in 1992 when the upcoming 1997 handover loomed large over the works and how they were interpreted. Today, readers of this new edition can view the poems with the benefit of historical hindsight. Yet, despite 15 years having passed since Hong Kong was handed back to China, Leung's insights remain surprisingly fresh and relevant.

Reissue of pre-1997 poetry collection still has much relevance today