VIDEO Interview with Jiang Rong
Courtesy of Penguin
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 Rongs extraordinary debut novel won the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prizean award sponsored by the Man Group, which aims to recognize the best of new Asian literature and bring it to the attention of the worlds literary community. Penguin Group shared the Man Groups eagerness to introduce this remarkable novel to the world, and proudly published Jiangs 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 alikenot surprising, given the novels 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 alonealong with millions of black market copiesthus earning the distinction of being the 2nd most read book in China after Maos little red book.
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