Thankfully, more and more, Chinese literature is being translated and reaching international audiences. Two authors have been bestowed the Nobel Literature Prize: Gao Xingjian and Mo Yan. Guillaume read Red Dust, the fascinating diary of Ma Jian's travels through his own country and the suprisingly modern Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui and they both exacerbated an already burning desire to see, feel, taste and meet modern China, in all its paradoxes and nuances. A friend also offered the travel book, this time written by a Westerner: Country Driving - A Chinese Road Trip, which Guillaume swallowed in the first few weeks of the BRICS trip. That spurred him to buy another one, written by Paul Theroux: Riding The Iron Rooster, By Train Through China.
Guillaume, ever the music collectionist, owns a few recordings of the great jazz divas of the 40s and 50s, who thrived in post-war Shanghai and a few others of melancholic Chinese classical music but that is the extent of our knowledge of China's musical wealth. We fully intend to explore the different regional expressions of music, the modern, the alternative and the traditional while on the road. Keep a close eye on our blog for music-related posts as we get excited with newfound gems!