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After China's reform and opening-up began in the late 1970s, the following decade saw a burst of literary activity, with today's influential writers shaping their ideas and words back then.

NEW YORK - In the new documentary The Quest of Alain Ducasse, the esteemed French chef steps off a small plane in the middle of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. As he stands pondering the vast emptiness, a motorcycle suddenly appears, as if out of nowhere, carrying two men. The bemused chef chuckles: "There are customers everywhere."

LONDON - The English version of Death Notice, a popular Chinese crime-fiction work by contemporary writer Zhou Haohui, has just been published in Britain.

Four years after her A Dream of Red Mansions piano concerto, renowned Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang recently debuted her latest work, Twelve Chinese Folk Fantasies for Piano and Orchestra, a series of modern adaptations and compositions of Chinese folk songs.

The Mobile Library of the City of Athens came to life this summer, promising to fill as many neighborhoods as possible with books for children and adults.

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