ESWN posts a magnificent (as usual) translation of a massive Chinese BBS forum post. This one, from popular BBS Tianya, was written in June 2005 and has gotten 1.7 million pageviews and 21,000 comments as of today. ESWN translates a fraction of the action, which is called My Seven Years in World of Gangsters, and is juicy with details like a huge green dragon tattoo, a guy with a crewcut and three pigtails, and hiding in the ditch of a public toilet to escape a beating.
The post didn’t start out as a collective project, or necessarily even as fiction at all. But somewhere along the line other commentators jumped in to continue or augment the story line. The end of the ESWN translation: “The translator does not know how long the story goes on because he has not made it past even a fraction of the comments…”