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International literature exchange highlights Yangtze River Writers Week

Updated: 2017-05-19

Phoenix International Bookstore, a book retailer under the Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, played host to three literature exchange activities during the first China Yangtze River Writers Week, which took place in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, from May 12 to 16.

As highlights of the writers week, the activities provided platforms for Chinese and foreign authors to exchange ideas on the creation of literature, and opportunities for readers to have close contact with some of the world's most prestigious masters.

The three activities were a book sharing meeting with Phil Klay, winner of the 2014 US National Book Award for Fiction, an interview with the French Nobel Prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio and Chinese writer Fang Fang, and a recitation session by the British writer Jeanette Winterson.

Klay joined the book sharing meeting with the Chinese version of his prize-winning work Redeployment on May 13. Participants also included Dan Hansong, literature professor at Nanjing University, and Ya Ke, the Chinese translator of the book.

Redeployment is Phil Klay's first book-length publication, a collection of 12 short stories based on his personal experience as a soldier at the Iraq War. The New York Times described it as "the best thing written so far on what the war did to people's souls".

Focusing on how to tell a real story about war, Klay shared with the audience his views on the relationship between war and soldiers, and on the post-war relationship between society and soldiers.

Phil Klay shares the Chinese version of his prize-winning work Redeployment at the first China Yangtze River Writers Week in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on May 13.

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