New book by Nobel scribe feeds 'Mo-mania'

2012-10-18 09:07:43 GMT2012-10-18 17:07:43(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A new book by Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan hit the Chinese market yesterday amid "Mo-mania," which has swept the country since Mo was awarded the Nobel prize a week ago.

Only 100 copies of "Our Jing Ke," a collection of three plays, were on sale at the Genuine & Profound bookstore in a launch organized by the Beijing Genuine & Profound Culture Development Company.

"The first printing had a print run of 200,000 copies," said Tang Juan, vice director of marketing for the company. "But we only got the first batch last night and the others are still at the printers."

She said the new book, which is expected to be sold in other parts of the country on Saturday, is being pre-ordered at leading online bookstores. Around 5,000 copies have been ordered at Dangdang.com and 360buy.com.

The cover of the new book features the golden Nobel prize logo and the words: "by China's first Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan."

The book consists of three plays, including "Our Jing Ke," "Farewell to My Concubine" and "Wife of the Boiler Worker." Two of them are based on tales of Chinese history and the third is about an ill-fated zhiqing, urban youth who were sent to the countryside for "re-education" by farmers during China's "cultural revolution (1966-1976)."

The anthology of plays came 34 years after Mo wrote "Divorce," his first play, which magazines declined to publish.

Chen Wangzhi, marketing director of the company, said the new book will be a best-seller. "We will print more, altogether 300,000 to 500,000 copies at least," he said.

Chen said film companies had been contacting him to discuss the adaptation of Mo's works, including "Big Breasts and Wide Hips" and "Frog," into films.

The release of the new book came a week after Mo was announced winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.

"Due to Mo's success, we decided to publish the book ahead of schedule," said Hong Xue, editor of the book.

The prolific 57-year-old writer has published 11 novels, 20-plus novellas and more than 80 stories since 1981.

The publishing company had announced that a new anthology of Mo's works, a combination of his novels and essays, will be published at the end of the month.


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