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Chinese writers call for more translations
Chinese authors: Path toward global recognition requires bigger ideas, more translated works
By The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) ' Chinese authors say more Chinese books need to be translated and more thought-provoking ideas need to be used in novels to elevate China's literary standing in the world.

The authors spoke at an event Friday to promote the Mao Dun Literature Prize, China's top literary award.

They noted modern Chinese literature still does not attract many Western readers despite the country's global economic presence.

Past Mao Dun winner Mo Yan said Chinese authors need to look beyond the norm and write more novels that provoke thought. He is the author of "Frog," the tale of a midwife who has a breakdown after decades of performing forced abortions.

The Mao Dun award is named after one of the country's top writers in the last century.

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