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Interview: Novelist Mohsin Hamid Wants You to Get 'Filthy Rich' in a Rising Asia

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Introducing his new book at the Karachi Literature Festival, one of Pakistan's leading younger novelists says, "You have to find new ways of telling stories."

Interview: Novelist Hari Kunzru on Mo Yan, Misogyny and National Indentity

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"I consider Indians writing in English as writers, first and foremost," says award-winning author and journalist Hari Kunzru. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10.

Interview: Novelist Manu Joseph Explores Family Happiness, 'Illicit' and Otherwise

Novelist Manu Joseph at the World's Literature Festival in Norwich, England on June 23, 2011. (Writers' Centre Norwich/Flickr)
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Award-winning novelist Manu Joseph says of his latest book, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, "I haven't made up anything." In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10 and at Asia Society Texas Center on January 15.

Politics and the Chinese Language: What Mo Yan's Defenders Get Wrong

The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan of China reads during a public reading of his works at Aula Magna, at Stockholm University, on December 9, 2012. (Fredrik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
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The New York Review of Books' Perry Link re-enters the energetic debate over the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan.

Interview: Translator Gives Urdu Literary Classic 'Basti' a Passport Into English

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As Intizar Husain's 1979 novel gets its first American publication, Asia Society talks with scholar and translator Frances Pritchett about the difficulties involved in rendering it into English.

Why Critics of Chinese Nobel Prize-Winner Mo Yan Are Just Plain Wrong

Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan poses for photographers before giving a press conference in Stockholm on December 6, 2012. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nobel Prize-winner Mo Yan may have made some disappointing choices in public life, argues Charles Laughlin, but his fiction wasn't written to serve a political agenda.

Book Excerpt: 'The Illicit Happiness of Other People' by Manu Joseph

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"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," begins a certain other novel. How is other people's happiness "illicit?" Join the Chackos family in their quest for happiness in 1980s Madras. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10, 2013.

Some Asia Society Friends Make Shortlist for South Asia's Biggest Literary Prize

Novelists Amitav Ghosh (L) and Tahmima Anam (R), shown here in their Fall 2011 appearances at Asia Society New York, are two of the writers short-listed for this year's DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
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Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani novelists recently hosted by Asia Society are finalists for this year's DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Always a Pioneer, Artist Xu Bing Now Takes the Novel Beyond the Written Word

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The Chinese artist's latest creation, Book from the Ground: From Point-to-Point, is a literally iconic work of fiction.

Interview: Hamid Dabashi Navigates 1400 Years of Persian Literary Tradition

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The Columbia University scholar discusses the theories of "literary humanism" advanced in his new book. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on Thursday, November 29.