The front cover of Han Han’s Party magazine. Photo from Amazon.cn
Han Han’s long-awaited magazine, Party, hit Chinese bookstores on Tuesday, but two days in and fellow writers of the 1980s generation have began rallying against it. The Global Times reported that several writers allegedly signed an online proposal calling on readers to reject Han’s “pseudo literature.”
According to the paper,
The proposal claims Party is filled with affected and weakly written literature, claims that Han’s independent image is a scam and says that the many fans who follow him are a crazy and ugly cultural phenomenon. It called on others to reject Han.
One writer using the pseudonym Duguyi, whose blog the petition was posted on, told the paper, “my intellect told me to keep away from these weak stories. It’s a habit.”
Other authors, however, were more supportive. According to his Sina blog, Xu Duoyu ordered 120 copies of Party in order to “support Han and to give these magazines to migrant children to let them learn advanced culture earlier.” The publication has also dominated Amazon.cn’s number one position since its pre-release last Thursday.
The 128-page Party is scheduled to be a bi-monthly publication and will cost 16 RMB. It will feature essays, poetry and opinion pieces by Han himself and other contributing writers.
Han also said the content would be ‘gentler’ than the often vehement criticism found on his blog. In a blog post from June, he wrote Party “can’t shoulder the responsibility of satisfying people’s longing for changes to be made to improve social status or social reforms.”
It was originally scheduled for release last year, but failed to attain a magazine issue number. Following this, it was intended to hit shelves in March, but delays occurred in publishers examining the publications’ contents. It will now be sold as a book, with each issue needing a new number before publication.