Sunday, April 22, 2007

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Top ten books listed by members of Douban.com, a Chinese site for readers:

  1. Wang Shuo - "My Thousand-Year Chill" (Ramblings by Beijing intellectual badboy and blowhard.)
  2. Jack Kerouac - "On The Road" (New translation by prominent but aging scholar Wang Yongnian.)
  3. Xu Zhiyuan - "The Mournful Youth" (Peking University graduate, LifeMagazine editor, One-way Street Library founder and blogger writes about his youth as a member of China's Generation Y.)
  4. Umberto Eco - "Baudolino" (Translated by Yang Mengzhe.)
  5. Tian Yuan - "Double Mono" (Beijing author, HK actress, 跳房子 lead singer, and blogger/MySpacer writes about love, youth and self-discovery.)
  6. Zeng Zimo - "Ink Marks" (Beijing-born Phoenix TV host, Harvard grad and once-Morgan Stanley New York office analyst's auto-bio is paired with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's book for Joyo.com's "Buy Together" feature.)
  7. Kenya Hara - "Design of Design" (Muji's Creative Director and director of the Nippon Design Center; translated from Japanese by Zhu E; original title was デザインのデザイン)
  8. Cai Kangyong & Kele Wang - "Those Things I Learned From Boys" (Taiwanese TV host joins poet and illustrator for 30 stories about boys.)
  9. Yu Dan - "Analects of Zhuangzi" (Prof of classics and media studies at Beijing Normal University interprets the ancients for the post-moderns.)
  10. Hong Huang - "A Pointless and Perfect Life" (Ramblings by Beijing aristocrat, controversial publisher and (yes, another) blowhard.)

Makes sense, given that the site was popularized through grassroots efforts starting in Beijing.

2 Comments:

At Apr 24, 2007, 6:53:00 PM, Anonymous Sydney Davies said:

Hi

I am a collector of Jack Kerouac books and this includes copies of 'On the Road' in translation. Do you know of a website (in English sorry!) where I can purchase a copy of the Chinese transaltion by Wang Yongnian?

Sydney Davies
sydney@bethere.co.uk

 
At Apr 25, 2007, 12:51:00 PM, Blogger Micah said:

Sorry, I only know a few Chinese sites. Maybe I could help you order it? Send me an e-mail if you're interested, msittig@gmail.com

 

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