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Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:40 pm
Jiang Rong Wins the Man Asian
Posted by: Keir Graff

You thought the Man Booker Prize was yesterday’s news? Think again! Chinese writer Jiang Rong has won the first-ever Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Wolf Totem. From Reuters (“Chinese writer wins first Man Asian literary prize,” by James Pomfret):

“He was completely unknown, this book came completely left field,” said Jo Lusby, general manager for Penguin China.

“Something in your gut … and publisher’s sensibility screams out, this is really unusual and there’s something that people have never seen from China,” Lusby added.

Actually, this happened Saturday, so technically, it’s older than yesterday’s news, but I think you get my point.

Furthermore, this isn’t technically affiliated with the Booker other than the fact that the Man Group bankrolls both. But still. Sounds like an interesting book!

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