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Insights from Author Jiang Rong, Winner of the Inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize

VIDEO Interview with Jiang Rong
Courtesy of Penguin
April 2009

Wolf Totem
Wolf Totem

(Penguin, March 31, 2009)
ISBN 978-0-14-311514-4
Video Interview
Length: About 5 minutes

 

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“An epic Chinese novel… WOLF TOTEM not only taps into our longstanding fascination with the lupine world; it also plays to the more contemporary sense that something precious is being lost as civilization encroaches on wild lands… A bracing political fable.”

The Wall Street Journal

In November 2007, retired Beijing professor Jiang Rong’s extraordinary debut novel won the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize—an award sponsored by the Man Group, which aims to recognize the best of new Asian literature and bring it to the attention of the world’s literary community. Penguin Group shared the Man Group’s eagerness to introduce this remarkable novel to the world, and proudly published Jiang’s WOLF TOTEM (Penguin Books; March 31, 2009; $15.00) in the UK, Australia, South Africa, India, and the US, simultaneously. Now available for the first time in paperback, WOLF TOTEM has garnered praise from critics and readers alike—not surprising, given the novel’s unprecedented bestseller status in its native China. WOLF TOTEM has broken all sales records there, selling at least one million copies in the first year alone—along with millions of black market copies—thus earning the distinction of being the 2nd most read book in China after Mao’s little red book.

 

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