The world's most populous nation, the world's biggest consumer of raw materials, and now the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, China strides irresistibly towards its economic and political destiny. But as Beijing prepares for its Olympic extravaganza this summer, the cultural life of the 1.3 billion people who live and work in this economic superpower remains a closed book to many in the west - their bestselling authors unfamiliar, their most exciting writers untranslated.
It's a situation rendered all the more peculiar by the immense size of the Chinese publishing industry.
Wednesday, January 16
As China continues its rise to world domination, its contemporary literature remains a great unknown to the western world. The Guardian reports: