10 Mais populares escritores estrangeiros na China (2012)

10 Most Popular foreign Writers in China (2012)
China is a major literary market, and writer who enter this market with a good book will succeed economically and probably gained many adherents in this market that was until recently closed to foreign writers.

10. Kazuo Inamori (稻盛和夫)
"The Principles to Living" series 《活法》
Royalty income: 1.5 million yuan (US$241,200) 
Bestseller: "The Principles to Living" series 《活法》
Country: Japan
Kazuo Inamori, born in 1932 in Kagoshima Prefecture, is a Japanese entrepreneur and the founder of two Global Fortune 500 companies: Kyocera Corporation and KDDI Corporation. Known as one of the four Japanese sages in management, Inamori graduated from Kagoshima University in 1955 with a B.S. in Applied Chemistry. At the age of 78, he became the chairman of Japan Airlines, which went bankrupt in January 2010, aiming to help reshape the debt-ridden company.
Among Inamori's over 20 books, "The Principles to Living" series and "The Principles of Working" are his most popular works in China. Acclaimed as Japan's top self-help book in the 21st century, his four-book series "The Principles to Living" was based on his personal experience, and presents his reflections, insights and outlook on life, including his formula for success for both enterprises and individuals.

9. Dan Brown (丹• 布朗)
"The Da Vinci Code"《达• 芬奇密码》
Royalty income: 1.6 million yuan (US$257,300)
Bestseller: "The Da Vinci Code"《达• 芬奇密码》
Country: U.S.
As one of the most renowned American thriller fiction writers, Dan Brown was born in 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire. With a strong interest in cryptography and symbols, the writer always weaves elements of codes, keys, puzzles and secretive organizations into his exciting treasure-hunting stories, often set in a 24-hour time frame.
Since 1993, when the former singer and songwriter started writing thrillers, his work has included "Digital Fortress," "Angels & Demons," "Deception Point," "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Lost Symbol." Among all these, his most famous work is undoubtedly the 2003 mystery-detective novel, "The Da Vinci Code," which sold about 80 million copies by the end of 2009 and has been translated into about 44 languages across the world.

8. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (黑柳彻子)
"Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window"《窗边的小豆豆》
Royalty income: 2 million yuan (US$321,600) 
Bestseller: "Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window"《窗边的小豆豆》
Country: Japan
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, born in 1933 in Tokyo, is a Japanese children's book writer, actress, talk show host and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Kuroyanagi rose to fame in 1976 when she began to host Japan's first TV talk-show program "Tetsuko's Room," which is still on the air today. In April, the program entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's greatest number of broadcasts (8,961 episodes) with the same host.
In 1981, Kuroyanagi published her children's book, "Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window," in which the writer recalled her experiences and her teacher Sosaku Kobayashi at Tomoe Gakuen Elementary School during World War II. With the book, she showed that children's education should be integrated with fun, freedom and love. The book became an instant bestseller in Japan and is credited as one of the world's most influential works in the 20th century.

7. Thomas Brezina (托马斯• 布热齐纳)
"A Mystery for You and The Tiger Team" series《冒险小虎队》
Royalty income: 2.6 million yuan (US$418,100) 
Bestseller: "A Mystery for You and The Tiger Team" series《冒险小虎队》
Country: Austria
Born in Vienna in 1963, Thomas Brezina is a producer of children's TV shows and is the most successful and influential children's writer in the German-speaking world. It's said that 92 percent of Austrian families with children aged 6 to 12 own copies of his books, and 88 percent of children in Austria know his name.
Brezina has written more than 400 works for 13-book series at present. Among them, the best-known one is his mystery series "The Knickerbocker Gang" and "A Mystery for You and The Tiger Team," in which he created a fascinating world for young readers with engaging adventures and gripping suspensions. His "A Mystery for You and The Tiger Team" series have been extremely popular in China.

6. Higashino Keigo (东野圭吾)
"White Night"《白夜行》
Royalty income: 2.8 million yuan (US$450,200) 
Bestseller: "White Night"《白夜行》
Country: Japan
Higashino Keigo, born in Osaka in 1958, is a Japanese crime writer known for his mystery novels constructed in an elaborate and meticulous way. The writer, a former engineer of an auto-parts company in Osaka, earned his reputation in 1985 with his mystery work "After School." Since then, he resigned from his former job to become a professional writer. His major works include "The Secret," "The Devotion of Suspect X," and "White Night."
About 20 of his novels have been adapted into films or TV series, making him a household name in Asia. His work "White Night," which was adapted into a TV series in 2006 and a film in 2009, tells a tragic love story between a couple who were forced to become murderers to protect each other when they were young, and tried in vain to keep their promise, hoping that one day they could take a walk in the sun hand in hand.

5. Haruki Murakami (村上春树)
Royalty income: 3 million yuan (US$482,400) 
Bestseller: "1Q84"《1Q84》
Country: Japan
Haruki Murakami, born in 1949 in Kyoto, is considered by Chinese audiences to be one of the most renowned Japanese writers. In 1979, he wrote his first novel "Hear the Wind Sing" which soon became a hit and won a string of accolades. The Guardian praised him for being "among the world's greatest living novelists."
His most popular novels include "Norwegian Wood," "Dance Dance Dance" and "Kafka on the Shore". His fifth novel --"Norwegian Wood," originally published in 1987, has sold more than 7 million copies, and started a worldwide Haruki Murakami phenomenon. It's this nostalgic book on youth, love and loss that earned him great fame in China. His engaging "1Q84" series became a bestseller worldwide.

4. Christian Jolibois (克利斯提昂• 约里波瓦)
"The Little Hen" series《不一样的卡梅拉》
Royalty income: 3.3 million yuan (US$530,600) 
Bestseller: "The Little Hen" series《不一样的卡梅拉》
Country: France
Born in 1948 in a small village of Yvelines, Christian Jolibois is a French writer, actor and director. Starting from 1989, he devoted himself to writing children's books and dramas. He has published dozens of works, and won several literature awards in France, including the Cherbourg Teenagers' Book Awards in 2001.
In 2006, the first book of "The Little Hen" series – "Who Wanted to See the Sea" published its Chinese version, which attracted nationwide attention and became a bestseller in subsequent years. As of 2012, the series comprises ten books telling different and interesting stories about the adventures of the hen Camela and her children.

3. Walter Isaacson (沃尔特• 艾萨克森)
"Steve Jobs"《史蒂夫• 乔布斯传》
Royalty income: 5 million yuan (US$804,000) 
Bestseller: "Steve Jobs"《史蒂夫• 乔布斯传》
Country: U.S.
Walter Isaacson, born in 1952 in New Orleans, is a U.S. writer and biographer. He once served as chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of Time magazine, and is now president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan institute on educational and policy studies headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Isaacson is the writer of "Steve Jobs," "American Sketches," "Einstein: His Life and Universe," "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life," and "Kissinger: A Biography," and co-author of "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made." His work "Steve Jobs," an authorized biography of the co-founder of the U.S. computer giant Apple, became an instant bestselling book worldwide upon its publication on Oct. 24, 2011, less than three weeks after the IT magician's death.

2. Concordia García Márquez (加夫列尔• 加西亚• 马尔克斯)
"One Hundred Years of Solitude"《百年孤独》
Royalty income: 6 million yuan (US$964,800) 
Bestseller: "One Hundred Years of Solitude"《百年孤独》
Country: Colombia
Born in 1927 in Aracataca, Gabriel García Márquez is a world-renowned Columbian writer of short stories, nonfictions and fictions. Labeled as one of the most significant writers in the 20th century, Márquez is best known for his hugely successful novels, including "One Hundred Years of Solitude," "Love in the Time of Cholera," and "Memories of My Melancholy Whores."
Starting out as a journalist, the poverty-stricken writer began to write his "One Hundred Years of Solitude" in 1965 and got it published in1967, which became an instant international hit and led to his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
The novel, known as the writer's masterpiece and the most representative of the magical realism literature, tells the rise and fall, love and solitude of seven generations of the Buendía Family in a mythical town named Macondo, with deep-rooted connections with Latin America's real history and culture. It has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide in over 40 languages. The first authorized Chinese edition of the classic was published on May 30, 2011.

1. J.K. Rowling (J.K. 罗琳)
"The Casual Vacancy"《偶发空缺》
Royalty income: 15 million yuan (US$2.41 million) 
Bestseller: "The Casual Vacancy"《偶发空缺》
Country: UK
J.K. Rowling, or Joanne "Jo" Rowling, born in 1965 in Gloucestershire, is a British novelist who rose to fame with her amazingly popular "Harry Potter" fantasy series. The series sold more than 400 million copies in 64 languages worldwide, and won numerous awards and global acclaim. The writer, who once lived on government welfare, is the first person in the world to become a billionaire (in U.S. dollars) by writing books, according to Forbes.
Rowling, who conceived the Potter stories in 1990, wrote her first book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" over five years, and finally got it published in 1997. After the initial success of the first book, she then wrote six sequels from 1998 to 2007, all of which also took the world by storm. The film series adapted from the seven-book series yielded high box office returns and worldwide fame.
In September this year, the British female novelist again proved her range with her first book for grow-ups, "The Casual Vacancy." Since its Chinese version appeared in domestic book market in October, it has become a hit among Chinese readers and was ranked second in the market only to Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan's work.

Source: bbs.chinadaily.com.cn


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