Other Press to Publish ‘The Flowers of War’

By Maryann Yin Comment

Other Press has picked up the rights for The Flowers of War by Chinese author Geling Yan. The book was translated by Nicky Harman, and publication is set for January 17, 2012.

Director Zhang Yimou (director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers) adapted the novel in the upcoming film, The Flowers of War (trailer embedded above). In China, the novel was originally titled The 13 Women of Nanjing.

Here’s more from the release: “Based on true events, this powerful novel is set in December 1937 after the Japanese have taken Nanking…The story’s unexpected denouement shows how war can challenge all prejudices and how love can flourish amidst death and destruction.”

In China, The Flowers of War will hit theaters on December 16th. According to Collider., China has selected the movie as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 84th Academy Awards. American film distributor Wrekin Hill plans to release the movie in late December.

Yan has written novels, short story collections and screenplays. Some of her best known work includes The Banquet Bug, The Lost Daughter of Happiness and White Snake & Other Stories.