Good literary works should value reality: Special Book Award winners

By Li Huiru
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"In order to give readers a clearer picture of Chinese culture and the reality of current society, translated works should cover all the aspects of Chinese life and fully reflect contemporary China," said Iljaz Spahiu, a winner of the 11th Special Book Award of China, at a forum held in Beijing on Wednesday.

The top winners of the 11th Special Book Award of China sponsored by the Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support (CCTSS) pose with their certificates. [Photo courtesy of CCTSS] 

The Forum of the 11th Special Book Award of China & CCTSS Writing on China and International Communications Seminar, a sideline event of the 24th Beijing International Book Fair, was attended by the award's winners, academics and publishing houses.

Writers, translators, publishers and critics from different countries attending the 2017 Sino-Foreign Literature Translation and Publishing Workshop also participated in the forum.

Huang Zhuoyue, head of the Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support (CCTSS) that organized the forum, noted that, in recent years, the evaluation criteria of the Special Book Award of China had been improved. The categories are clearer and the award covers a wider range.

"CCTSS will serve as a platform for translators and sinologists to get information for cooperation. I hope it can work as an important link for the government, universities and cultural institutions home and abroad," Huang said.

Lyuben Iliev Kozarev, a Bulgarian writer, another book award winner, talked about his published works that include "China: Past and Present," "The Chinese Dream" and "The China Path: Reform and Stability."

"I'm working on writing, publishing and distribution, as I feel they (the books) grasp the state of being of the whole nation. I feel it is very important to talk about political and economic issues through the form of literature," Kozarev said.

A total of 20 outstanding people were selected as the top winners of this year's Special Book Award of China.

First launched in 2005 by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China as a State-level award, the Special Book Award of China aims to promote Chinese culture and literature abroad. Awards usually go to foreign scholars, translators, writers and publishers who have made great strides in introducing Chinese culture to the world.

The event was hosted by the Ministry of Culture of China, and jointly organized by CCTSS, China Translation & Publishing House (CTPH) and China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation.

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