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Publisher Comments:

Still by far the most popular writer in China even after all his work has been officially banned as reactionary and vulgar, Wang Shuo is famous for his cynical wit, his raw descriptions of sex, and his casual depiction of Chinese drifters, wiseguys, and hooligans. Now, for the first time, comes the publication of one of his novels in English. Playing for Thrills will introduce readers around the world to the writer Newsweek calls "China's literary bad boy" and The Washington Post acclaims as "the irreverent voice of a disillusioned generation."

A tripped-out, sarcastic novel of urban alienation, Playing for Thrills follows the investigation of a mysterious murder of a possibly imaginary character that took place more than ten years before. The chief suspect is the narrator of the novel who may or may not have committed the crime--even he isn't sure. As our charismatic antihero careens around Beijing drinking beer, having sex, and questioning a bunch of people who speak like characters in a gangster movie, he tries to find someone who can remind him which girl he was with and what he was doing at the time of the murder. Suddenly, the narrative explodes, and the reader is thrust into a countdown leading up to the crime itself. The result is a sometimes frightening, sometimes hilarious, always astonishing novel that is totally unlike anything ever published from China.

About the Author

Wang Shuo's more than twenty novels have sold nearly ten million copies. He has also written television series, scripts for movies (two of which were recently banned), and songs. Born in Nanjing in 1958, he spent four years in the navy and held a variety of odd and shady jobs, while starting to write. Beloved by Chinese students and workers alike for celebrating the "dark corners of new China" (Newsweek), he has never lost touch with the world of the low-life slackers who populate his fiction. Wang Shuo lives in Beijing with his wife and daughter.

Howard Goldblatt is the foremost translator of modern Chinese literature in the West. He is a research professor at the University of Notre Dame, and he lives in Indiana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688130466
Translator:
Goldblatt, Howard
Publisher:
William Morrow
Author:
Goldblatt, Howard
Author:
Shuo, Wang
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Hard-boiled
Subject:
Beijing
Subject:
Peking (China) Fiction.
Subject:
Antiheroes.
Subject:
Murder -- China -- Peking -- Fiction.
Subject:
Beijing (China) Fiction.
Subject:
Murder -- China -- Beijing -- Fiction.
Subject:
Alienation
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
19970219
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.77x5.78x1.17 in. 1.00 lbs.

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