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March 27 – Apr 03, 2008 Edition
NEW YORK, NY/3/27/2008–Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, today will release¬†the acclaimed Chinese novel, Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong in the USA. ¬†
The publicity-shy first-time author, who writes under a pen name, won the first Man Asian Literary Prize last year. ¬†His thought-provoking novel is set in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution. The work has sold more than two million copies in China and is¬†expected to sell equally well in the U.S.¬†According to the International Herald Tribune, Penguin¬†paid $100,000 for World¬†Rights.¬†
The Beijing-based 61-year-old dissident, who has largely sought anonymity as his book and nom de plume have grown in celebrity in China,¬†will¬†not appear on tour. However, he will be presented by Howard Goldblatt, who translated the work.¬†¬†¬†
“I spent 30 years thinking, and six years writing ‘Wolf Totem, and my only hope was to produce an appealing story,” Rong said in a letter read by his Chinese publisher, Li Bo, when the Man award was announced in late 2007.
The book delivers a message about the state of modern China and Chinese culture. The work has been used by Chinese businesses as a motivational tool and has been sold for adaptation to film.
Penguin Group will do a global release of the book, which includes Penguin UK, US, Australia, South Africa, and India.
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