Articles by Nicky Harman

New in Chinese: “The Chilli Bean Paste Clan” by YAN Ge

August 26, 2014

You might imagine that I thought long and hard in choosing my best untranslated book, because China has so many writers and so little of their work reaches the West, at least in English. But I plumped without any hesitation for Yan Ge’s The Chilli Bean Paste Clan. (The title in Chinese is 《我们家》Our…...read more »

Articles by Nicky Harman

My Favorite Bookstore: Nicky Harman on Arthur Probsthain Oriental and African Bookseller

January 8, 2014

Image of My Favorite Bookstore: Nicky Harman on Arthur Probsthain Oriental and African Bookseller
Arthur Probsthain Oriental and African Bookseller, 41 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3PE In the narrow streets opposite the imposing edifice of the British Museum in Bloomsbury, London, there are a host of nooky little shops selling everything from replica antiques to T-shirts to books. But Probsthain’s…...read more »

Articles by Nicky Harman

On “The Man with the Knife”

December 5, 2012

When I met Susan Harris at the London Book Fair this year, she told me WWB was planning a non-Scandi crime issue. Would I like to look for a Chinese crime short story? she asked. I hesitated… contemporary Chinese writers hardly ever do crime. It just isn’t a popular genre. But changes happen…...read more »