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Tips for Writing a Book Review: Writing Mandarin
We are now open to book reviews! When you are interested in participating but are not sure where to begin when it comes to checking your translation literature, some of the freelance writers and writers we have worked with on the Writing China projects have given their input. First, Nicky Harman, award-winning interpreter and one of the minds behind Paper Republic, with her top tips for writing a book review as well as a link to some examples:
Cross-check the book with other stories you've been reading. Those you check may be similar or it may be entirely different, but cross-checks will help put your book in the context for the reader. What's more, it's not the same for all readers. When you know something about the writer and/or have seen his other works, say so too.
If you criticize the book, however, you will also find something to say. It took at least two persons, the writer and the interpreter! After all, he is the writer of this new book. Have a look at the book review of other translations.
When you read them, you get the trust and inspiration to post your own reviewer. These are some book review quick links to make you think. Grade, rated by Vincent Francone. Ian Johnson's four books (Yan Lianke), The Explosive Chronicles (Yan Lianke), The Seventh Day (Yu Hua), Ian Johnson's novel reviewer from China's moral abyss.
This is an exceptionally long and challenging book that contains a lot of information about three different books and their auteur. This is an Anthology of Wanderer Workers' Poetics, edited by Megan Walsh. As Walsh says:"....Reading Iron Moon, you can see how private and individual these young immigrant scriptwriters can be," and even non-poetry enthusiasts like me want to be.
Of the eight sections in this reviewer, six are dedicated to the storyline summary, but the last two sections persuade me that I should be reading this novel. This is Crystal Wedding, rated by Ruth Finnegan. Of course, it helped that she liked it - this is the kind of feedback that writers and translator are dreaming of.
There are three literature sites that focus on translating literature, with a review section: