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China's surprise bestseller: 'Finnegan's Wake' by James Joyce
China's surprise bestseller: 'Finnegan's Wake' by James Joyce

Readers in China have been snapping up copies of James Joyce's notoriously difficult novel "Finnegan's Wake," published in Chinese for the first time. Its publisher says that the first print run sold out in five weeks. The Associated Press reports that the book was No. 2 on Shanghai's "good books" bestseller list -- its serious reads -- second only to a new biography of Deng Xiaoping. One reason for its popularity may be advertising. The Chinese translation of "Finnegan's Wake" is said to be the first book to be the subject of a billboard campaign. Billboards promoting the novel went up in Shanghai and other major Chinese cities. ...

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