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German novel bags top Chinese award for foreign books

China Daily | Updated: 2018-04-20 07:25
This year's four novels that win 21st Century Best Foreign Novel of the Year are published in Chinese by the People's Literature Publishing House in April. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In La Cheffe, roman d'une cuisiniere (The Chef, Story of a Cook), French novelist and playwright Marie NDiaye, 51, portrays a woman's rise to the peak of culinary art by hard work, dedication and talent. The story is narrated from the perspective of the heroine's assistant chef, a man.

The judging panel for the award, which consists of translators, scholars and publishing editors, considers new foreign novels each year based on merits, including literary value, social impact and significance to humanity, according to Xiao Liyuan, deputy chief editor of People's Literature Publishing house and a member of the judging panel.

"Chinese readers prefer foreign novels about love, death and war," says Xiao.

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