Mai Jia (CN)

International Authors' Stage

Monday 14 March 2016 at 20:00 Blixen Hall
Photo: Li Xiaoliang
Photo: Li Xiaoliang

Spy-suspense in Chinese

Decoded  - Mai Jia

One of China's most popular and successful authors is coming to International Authors' Stage  with his novel about decoding and counterintelligence in the back.

billedetekst som læses af skærmlæser Decoded by Mai Jia

Mai Jia, as the New York Times described, "may be the most famous writer you've never heard of." He has published many novels which have been sold in millions of copies in China. Some of them have been turned into TV series and films. Moreover, Mai Jia has received almost every major literary award in China, including Mao Dun Award, which is considered as the country's most prestigious literary award.

His works have been translated and published in Germany, England, USA, Spain, Italy and Sweden. Now here comes his first novel in Danish - Decoded (Afkodet). Not like an ordinary spy novel, Decoded creates a somber portrayal of a system and a person from the other side of the world, who loses everything in the shadowy world of encryption. There is a good reason that the British newspaper The Independent described this novel as "a mix of Kafka and Agatha Christie. (...) A truly fascinating reading experience" when it was published in England.

Dialogue with Christina Boutrup

Christina Boutrup is a professional journalist and a former Asia correspondent for Berlingske based in China. In 2011, she published a critically acclaimed book, China Sweet & Sour (Kina Sweet & Sour), followed in November 2014 by another book, The Red Carpet (Den Røde Løber), which is of great immediate interest with its focus on Chinese growing influence on Europe. She has previously been hosting a China-program at DR2 channel. Since 2013 she has been the host and program planner for a weekly radio program China Talk on radio 24Syv, which makes listeners learn about Chinese economy, society and culture. Moreover, she is a frequent moderator and speaker in Danish and international conferences, seminars, and workshops.

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