“… and I want my next jacket to have a reflective bird eye like this big on there.”
Chinese publishing is becoming more venal, more opportunistic, and more obsessed with the next Big Book. The entire industry seems to have a rather gross case of the  Franzens, and the attention brought by Mo Yan‘s Nobel win might be to blame.
On the Wall Street Journal‘s China Real Time blog (the web’s best resource for aficionados of streaming webcams pointed at clocks on the mainland, I assume) Laura Fitch interviewed Eric Abrahamsen and Canaan Morse of the excellent new Chinese lit mag Pathlight. She spoke to them about the state of the nation’s book industry, with the understanding that much has changed since Mo wore a shirt printed with his own name for a meeting with Swedish royalty. The most dramatic changes pointed out by Abrahamsen and Morse, however, are a precise litany of the ills embodied by the Great American Novel school of publishing. Abrahamson says,
There’s a disease of the ‘great China novel’ that’s attacking Chinese writers. They feel they have to produce these enormous things that explain all of Chinese society and are filled with philosophy and ideas and thoughts. And they tend to believe that’s more …read more

Via: Melville House Books