-Chinese literature giant Liu Zhenyun arrives at Nicosia Book Fest 2023 and shares his latest translated novels with readers around the world
NICOSIA, Cyprus, Oct. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicosia Book Fest 2023, Cyprus' most prestigious literary event, featuring China as a Country of Honor, has seen one of the world's most renowned and influential authors from contemporary Chinese literature, Liu Zhenyun, show his translated works and share his ideas behind creations that intertwine tragedies and comedies of ordinary but unique people.
Under the theme "Separation of Mountains and Seas, Reunion between Laughter and Tears", Liu Zhenyun's works exchange event held by China National Publications Import
A giant of literature whose short stories and novellas are recognized as classics of contemporary Chinese literature, his powerful storytelling transcends borders and captures the essence of humanity, enchanting readers around the world with his unique combination of humor, philosophy and moving narratives.
At center stage is Liu Zhenyun's masterpiece, "One Day, Three Autumns," a story that chronicles the lives of a father and son whose experiences are characterized by endless journeys that bring them into contact with a wide range of of people, seeing, feeling, and testing the bittersweet taste that defines human existence. The book delves into the relationships between humor, nation and community and exposes the cruel nature of jokes about ordinary people who cannot escape, but endure and laugh at the absurdities of life.
Sharing his thoughts on the book, he said, "This is a book that explores the links between a joke and a person. Some people find their entire existence reduced to jokes when they reflect on their life's journey. However, there is a unique person. "who searches for jokes in the dreams of others. Through this search, he later becomes an immortal who is capable of living three thousand years."
"It is the most exciting edition of the Nicosia Book Fest I have ever attended. We held discussions that revolved around mutual learning between civilizations, emphasizing language as a basis for cultural exchanges. To encourage communications between nations, we strive to promote the Chinese language learning to unlock knowledge about Chinese culture, allowing more people to appreciate works like those of Liu Zhenyun. We also invite publishers to consider incorporating excerpts from his books into textbooks, providing more learning materials to help people to read, write and speak Chinese as a gateway to understanding Chinese culture," Cao Li said.
At the event, Professor Dr. Kostas Gouliamos expressed his anticipation for the Greek version of Liu's work, eagerly awaiting its publication. He praised Liu Zhenyun's insightful and fascinating writing that resonates deeply with readers around the world and from all walks of life.
Liu Zhenyun's literary career spans several decades and features a collection of critically acclaimed works, including "Tofu," "College," "Office," "Officials," "Recruits," and "Remembering 1942." The latest novels such as "Cellphone", "The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon", "Nonsense Talk", "Someone To Talk To", "I Did Not Kill My Husband", "Strange Bedfellows", and " One Day Three Autumns" have earned praise from literary critics and devoted readers around the world. His accolades include China's prestigious Mao Dun Prize for Literature in 2011 and Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France in 2018.
Liu Zhenyun's works have captivated readers in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Hebrew, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Kazakh, Uighur and many other languages. To date, Liu Zhenyun's books have sold over 15 million copies in China alone, with numerous adaptations gracing the big screen.
To learn more about Liu Zhenyun's work, visit //liuzhenyun.net/index.php.
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