France is all agog about the diaries of Ma Yan, a 13-year-old Chinese peasant girl, discovered by French reporter Pierre Haski in Xinging province, which have already been serialized in a French newspaper and have made several international sales packaged as a book. Paris agent Susanna Lea took it on, has already sold it (on preempts) in the U.K., Holland and Portugal, and has made further sales to Italy and Greece; now it's heading our way. Ma Yan's Diaries describe a life of considerable hardship and ambition, struggling to stay in school, going without food to buy a pen for her studies, and give a touching and candid account of life in remote rural China today. Haski has translated and annotated the diaries, and they're out from the French house Ramsay this week.
Volume 249 Issue 42 10/21/2002