I'm interested in Chinese literature, especially modern literature and I was wondering which titles/authors are popular today. I couldn't find too much by searching in English (best Chinese novels according to English lists are those that depict the "horrors" of the revolution). For japanese authors, I liked Murakami's novels, especially Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood. I'm wondering if there are similar Chinese authors/novels. They don't have to be translated, I'm planning on learning Mandarin and hope to eventually read Chinese literature in its original language.
I am a hard shill for the Three Body Problem series by Liu Cixin. It’s great Sci-Fi with hard science and a unique Chinese perspective. It’s rooted in the back story of Cultural Revolution and got a lot of foreigners surprised that this is allowed to be published. But it is, and it’s a national (also global) bestseller of more than 21 million copies.
Liu CiXin, Mo Yan, guy who did waste tide (Chen something), Xia Jia.
You must read Lu Xun, he is wildy considered as one of if not the most important litterateur of his era and had enormous influence over 20th century East Asia, his works also partially shaped the national identity of modern China, a great master you cannot afford to miss.