During the filming, lots of background details that could not show or tell via the camera has been recorded down by Zhang Zanbo, the director of The Road. Now readers can find more facts about this documentary in his book which bears the same name as the documentary but uncovers more behind the project. The Road in Traditional Chinese has been published in Taiwan in 2014; as for the Simplified Chinese version, it will be available in Nov 27, 2015 under the Guangxi Normal University Press, one of the most famous publisher in China. The English version is under translating, and will meet the readers soon.
Every year, Tsai Ing-wen is used to picking up a reading list for the coming up new year. She is a Taiwanese politician and also the presidential candidate in 2016. During the Chinese Spring Festival of 2015, Ms.Tsai named her own listing via Facebook. The Road from Zhang Zanbo is mentioned as below.
The winners of this year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) Book Prize were named Jan. 14 in Taipei City. Zhang Zanbo received the award from President Ma. Of special interest to those eager to learn more about large-scale infrastructure development in mainland China, the official said Zhang’s book comprehensively documents the problems involved in building the Xuhuai Highway in Hunan province. “His work offers an in-depth analysis of the economic benefits and hardships faced by people during the project.”
The Road was honored to be the Best Book of 2014 by China Times which provides the most influencing reading indication in Taiwan. One of the member from the review committee says that “Zhang Zanbo, the author, has disguised himself on site for three years to observe and record the social ruins behind the rise of China by heart, lens and pen. Stories with conspiracies as well as corruption between officials and merchants are strikingly featuring China where disadvantaged people are struggling without alternatives under its maintenance system of social harmony and stability.”