In China, Critics debate value of literature

From China View:

The five winners of this year’s Mao Dun Literary Award were selected from some 156 titles nominated by publishing houses across the country.

According to He Shaojun, a member of both the first and second round review committees, about 1,000 full-length novels are published in China every year.

Though some of the nominated works were poorly printed, the list of nominees, published between 2001 and 2005, did not miss a title.

A total of 23 were then selected by a group of about 20 readers, most of whom are literature professors or editors of literature periodicals, after carefully reading all 156 works.

Then the review committee, consisting of another group of literary insiders, decided the final winners by voting on the 23 books.

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