Reading Chinese Literature… Where to start?


Reading Chinese Literature… Where to Start

A couple weeks ago we did a blog post on literature in Republican China. A reader later emailed asking if we had any books similar to a title we mentioned in that post, our easy reader version of Chinese literary classic Fortress Besieged. While writing a response something occurred to me.  Apart from our Republican China post, we haven’t yet discussed on the blog what sorts of materials we carry for language learners looking for something a little more challenging than just a textbook, but at the same time not wanting to jump right into Chinese literature. With that in mind, here are some suggestions!

In addition to Fortress Besieged, we also have Ba Jin’s Family, Spring and Autumn trilogy in the same easy reader series. The trilogy comes in three separate volumes, is at a similar level to Fortress Besieged and uses the same pinying/vocabularly-on-the-side format. You can check out Ba Jin’s wikipedia page here for more background info on the author.

We also have 100 Ancient Chinese Poems, if you want to try your hand at reading some Classical Chinese. For each poem, this book provides pinyin over the characters and an English language translation of the poem itself. It also provides author background info, as well as annotated notes in Chinese. Unlike the Fortress Besieged and the Ba Jin trilogy, however, these poems haven’t been simplified. You will still be reading the original!

We carry some more literature by Lao She, Lu Xun and other Republican Era writers. Although they don’t use the pinyin/character style of the books above, they do have the English translation on the opposite page. You can check out those books here.

And finally, Graded Chinese Reader 1, Graded Chinese Reader 2 and Graded Chinese Reader 3 contain selected stories that offer a slightly more accessible entry into reading Chinese fiction.  Although the language level is similar to the the titles above, the stories found in each volume are much shorter. Organized similarly to the Ba Jin trilogy, these books also include a CD so you can practice reading along to a standard accent.

Down the road we’ll be doing a follow up post on some of our simpler Chinese language novels. In the meantime you can check out our Chinese translations of Harry Potter and Twilight.

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Sinomedia International Group
China Books & Long River Press Imprints
Tel: 650-872-7076*316 / Fax: 650-872-7808
Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter


Reading Chinese Literature… Where to Start?

A couple weeks ago we did a blog post on literature in Republican China. A reader later emailed asking if we had any books similar to a title we mentioned in that post, our easy reader version of Chinese literary classic Fortress Besieged. While writing a response something occurred to me.  Apart from our Republican China post, we haven’t yet discussed on the blog what sorts of materials we carry for language learners looking for something a little more challenging than just a textbook, but at the same time not wanting to jump right into Chinese literature. With that in mind, here are some suggestions!

In addition to Fortress Besieged, we also have Ba Jin’s Family, Spring and Autumn trilogy in the same easy reader series. The trilogy comes in three separate volumes, is at a similar level to Fortress Besieged and uses the same pinying/vocabularly-on-the-side format. You can check out Ba Jin’s wikipedia page here for more background info on the author.

We also have 100 Ancient Chinese Poems, if you want to try your hand at reading some Classical Chinese. For each poem, this book provides pinyin over the characters and an English language translation of the poem itself. It also provides author background info, as well as annotated notes in Chinese. Unlike the Fortress Besieged and the Ba Jin trilogy, however, these poems haven’t been simplified. You will still be reading the original!

We carry some more literature by Lao She, Lu Xun and other Republican Era writers. Although they don’t use the pinyin/character style of the books above, they do have the English translation on the opposite page. You can check out those books here.

And finally, Graded Chinese Reader 1, Graded Chinese Reader 2 and Graded Chinese Reader 3 contain selected stories that offer a slightly more accessible entry into reading Chinese fiction.  Although the language level is similar to the the titles above, the stories found in each volume are much shorter. Organized similarly to the Ba Jin trilogy, these books also include a CD so you can practice reading along to a standard accent.

Down the road we’ll be doing a follow up post on some of our simpler Chinese language novels. In the meantime you can check out our Chinese translations of Harry Potter and Twilight.

———
Sinomedia International Group
China Books & Long River Press Imprints
Tel: 650-872-7076*316 / Fax: 650-872-7808
Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter


Reading Chinese Literature… Where to Start?

A couple weeks ago we did a blog post on literature in Republican China. A reader later emailed asking if we had any books similar to a title we mentioned in that post, our easy reader version of Chinese literary classic Fortress Besieged. While writing a response something occurred to me.  Apart from our Republican China post, we haven’t yet discussed on the blog what sorts of materials we carry for language learners looking for something a little more challenging than just a textbook, but at the same time not wanting to jump right into Chinese literature. With that in mind, here are some suggestions!

In addition to Fortress Besieged, we also have Ba Jin’s Family, Spring and Autumn trilogy in the same easy reader series. The trilogy comes in three separate volumes, is at a similar level to Fortress Besieged and uses the same pinying/vocabularly-on-the-side format. You can check out Ba Jin’s wikipedia page here for more background info on the author.

We also have 100 Ancient Chinese Poems, if you want to try your hand at reading some Classical Chinese. For each poem, this book provides pinyin over the characters and an English language translation of the poem itself. It also provides author background info, as well as annotated notes in Chinese. Unlike the Fortress Besieged and the Ba Jin trilogy, however, these poems haven’t been simplified. You will still be reading the original!

We carry some more literature by Lao She, Lu Xun and other Republican Era writers. Although they don’t use the pinyin/character style of the books above, they do have the English translation on the opposite page. You can check out those books here.

And finally, Graded Chinese Reader 1, Graded Chinese Reader 2 and Graded Chinese Reader 3 contain selected stories that offer a slightly more accessible entry into reading Chinese fiction.  Although the language level is similar to the the titles above, the stories found in each volume are much shorter. Organized similarly to the Ba Jin trilogy, these books also include a CD so you can practice reading along to a standard accent.

Down the road we’ll be doing a follow up post on some of our simpler Chinese language novels. In the meantime you can check out our Chinese translations of Harry Potter and Twilight.

———
Sinomedia International Group
China Books & Long River Press Imprints
Tel: 650-872-7076*316 / Fax: 650-872-7808
Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter

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