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現代修真

Is a type/category of novel, but what does it mean in English?

現代

Is basically modern, but what would

修真

mean in this case?

If 修真 means "Cultivating True Virtue", it doesn't seem to fit too well, so what would the English translation be?

  • 修真 means "cultivating immortality", and 現代 just suggests the background of the story is set in modern. Such novels are generally addictive but in fact no more than spirit narcotics. – Stan Apr 11 '15 at 23:14
  • Like that: 'spirit narcotics'! I don't think I will bother reading these books! – Pedroski Apr 11 '15 at 23:26
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百度 has lots of books under 现代修真小说完本, they seem to be about immortals.

修真 seems to be a Taoist phrase, '道教中,学道修行,求得真我,去伪存真为“修真”。' I think you're pretty close with 'cultivating the truth / the true reality / the true self'。

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