Rights to Mai Jia thriller sold at Frank­furt Book Fair

Global Times - - Life -

The English copy­right to Chi­nese writer Mai Jia’s spy thriller novel Feng Sheng (lit. the sound of wind) was sold at the 70th Frank­furt Book Fair in Ger­many on Tues­day, the same day that the event kicked off.

The English copy­rights were pur­chased by Bri­tish pub­lisher Head of Zeus and deals were also made con­cern­ing the book’s pub­li­ca­tion in Ital­ian, Por­tuguese, Turk­ish and Fin­nish, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment sent to the Global Times from Mai’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Set in the 1930s, Mai’s 2007 spy thriller fol­lows an un­der­cover agent for the Com­mu­nist Party of China who tries to de­liver a se­cret mes­sage with­out be­ing dis­cov­ered by the Kuom­intang in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers she works with. The story was later adapted into the movie The Mes­sage, which earned a to­tal of 225 mil­lion yuan ($32 mil­lion) when it hit Chi­nese main­land the­aters in 2009.

One of China’s most well-known spy thriller writ­ers, Mai be­came known to many over­seas read­ers for his De­coded, the 2002 prize-win­ning novel about an autis­tic math­e­ma­ti­cian work­ing as a cryp­tog­ra­pher at a na­tional se­cu­rity de­part­ment. To date, the work has been pub­lished in 33 lan­guages.

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