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The faces of modern Chinese literature

With the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911, China embarked on a hundred-year literary journey that has been at times cosmopolitan, political, bawdy, thoughtful, elegant, critical, playful, pensive and blatantly commercial. But what are mainland youth reading today?

To answer that query, and to help us chart a course through the last century of mainland lit, we’ve brought in Alice Xin Liu and Eric Abrahamsen, co-editors of Pathlight: a literary magazine that translates some of the best new Chinese writing and poetry into English. So strap in, hold on, and enjoy the comprehensive author list we’ve provided below. It’s on the house.

Footnote: Well-read listeners will note that in our haste we skipped right over one of the early 20th century’s big names, Lao She 老舍! For more on his contributions check out his Wikipedia page:

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Author list:
(All the writers below also have pages at Paper Republic:

1. Post-Qing/Republican Era

Lu Xun 鲁迅

Qian Zhongshu 钱钟书

Shen Congwen 沈从文

Zhang Ailing 张爱玲

2. The People’s Republic

Ding Ling 丁玲

Wang Meng 王蒙

3. Reform and Opening Up

Mo Yan 莫言

Wang Anyi 王安忆

Jia Pingwa 贾平凹

Han Shaogong 韩少功

Yu Hua 余华

4. The 90’s

Wang Xiaobo 王小波

Wang Shuo 王朔

Zhu Wen 朱文

5. Internet Ascendant

Han Han 韩寒

Guo Jingming 郭敬明

6. Genre: Sci-fi

Science Fiction World 科幻世界

Liu Cixin 刘慈欣

Pan Haitian 潘海天

Fei Dao 飞氘

7. Genre: Romance

Ai Mi 艾米