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Writers such as Nobel winner Mo Yan, Man Asian Literary Prize winner Bi Feiyu, Yan Lianke and Ma Jian are winning widespread acclaim around the world. We review the best Chinese fiction and non-fiction writing from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the mainland and the world.

  • Author of The Space-Time Painter becomes third Chinese writer to receive most prestigious international prize in sci-fi and fantasy
  • He is honoured at ceremony during 2023 World Science Fiction Convention in southwest China’s Chengdu

The Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court ruled that mainland Chinese writer Yang Zhi’s 2002 novel There They Were constituted copyright infringement and unfair competition.


Many independent bookshops have closed in Hong Kong in recent years, but here are five with books on everything from art to feminism, sure to satisfy your inner bibliophile.


Born Zhang Yan in Shanghai in 1937, Xi Xi was one the most beloved names in Chinese literature, her writing an invitation to ‘re-examine the world with fresh eyes’, a translator of her work said.

The strangeness of being part of the multinational staff of a trading company in Montreal gave Qi Yimin the idea for his first book. The polyglot author and humorist explains why a writer needs such life experiences.

In the follow-up to her debut novel, Little Gods, Meng Jin cements her reputation as an exciting literary talent with a collection of short stories that explores love, grief and the supernatural.

Taiwanese scientist Ye Li-hua can hardly find the words to pay tribute to Ni Kuang. For Singaporean lyricist Ng King Kang, the author was the last living representative of a golden age of Hong Kong culture.

The book delves into Onghokham’s struggle to come to terms with his sexuality, his advocacy of Chinese assimilation in Indonesia, and his love for Javanese culture.

Science fiction is the best literary genre to lead discussions on climate change because you can regard the whole universe as a collective living community, sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan says.

Like The Fast and the Furious movies, Grace D. Li’s debut novel about young Chinese-Americans is part heist, part about finding a family with those around you.

In her homage to those who love Hong Kong, Indelible City, Louisa Lim taps troubled artist Tsang Tsou-choi and the 2019 protests, but its overstated assertions give plenty of cause for pause.


Director Chor Yuen’s unique martial arts worlds are filled with magic, mystery, deceit, deception and romance – and lots of violence. He said he filmed so many Gu Long novels – 17 in all – because they did well at the box office.


Stephen Chow, Wong Kar-wai, Tsui Hark and Chor Yuen made martial arts films by adapting episodes and characters from the writings of authors such as Louis Cha, known as Jin Yong, and Gu Long.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize, American-Chinese author C Pam Zhang’s novel takes a timely look at racism in the US through the eyes of two Chinese orphans.

Yan Ge’s novel, translated from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang, follows a cryptozoologist who is tasked with learning about the beasts of a fictional city and in uncovering their stories, discovers more about herself, too.

From Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution to Ann Hui’s brand new Love After Love – did you know all these brutal love stories were adapted from the influential Chinese author’s novels?


The enfant terrible of Chinese literature talks about growing up in rural poverty, becoming a writer in the internet age, and why he thinks we’re living in dangerous, chaotic times.

In Chinese sci-fi writer Cixin Liu’s new book, ants and dinosaurs enter into a strange symbiotic relationship. It can be read as an allegory of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, or of the world’s two largest economies.