"Wolf Totem" shortlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize

Wolf Totem wins for Man Asian Literary Prize

Wolf Totem by Jiang RongJiang Rong's Chinese-language novel,

Wolf Totem

, due to be published by Penguin in English in 2008, has won the inaugural 2007 Man Asian Literacy Prize.


Rong's meticulously researched, semiautobiographical tale about the struggle for life on the Mongolian grasslands during the Cultural Revolution was selected from a shortlist of five works from all around Asia.

Adrienne Clarkson, Chair of the judges praised Wolf Totem: "this masterly work is ... a passionate argument about the complex interrelationship between nomads and settlers, animals and human beings, nature and culture. The slowly developing narrative is rendered in vivid detail and has a powerful cumulative effect. A book like no other."

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