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Chang novel reprinted twice in its first week

THE semi-autobiographical book "Little Reunion" by the late author Eileen Chang, whose "Lust, Caution" was made into a film by director Ang Lee, has already been reprinted twice on Chinese mainland, following its popularity in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The book was published in traditional Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong in February.

The first simplified-Chinese edition, released on the mainland on April 8 in a print-run of 300,000, sold out almost immediately.

The simplified-Chinese version was officially launched at Peking University yesterday in Beijing.

The version is exactly the same, including its sex scenes, as the version published in Hong Kong and Taiwan, its publisher said yesterday.

The publisher, Beijing October Arts and Literature Publishing House, didn't say how many copies were printed in the later two print-runs, nor did it say how many of the second and third edition had already been sold.

Roland Soong, who inherited the author's possessions from his parents, Chang's good friends, revealed plans to publish more undiscovered books by Chang, selected from her possessions, including novel drafts and letters.

Two books Chang wrote in the United States in the 1950s will be translated into Chinese, Soong said, and published next year.


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