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What an epic! Riotous writing sprawls through years and incarnations. Infamous characters, including Mo Yan himself! Incredibly imaginative, honest, and filled with beautiful emotion.
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The most revered, feared, and controversial Chinese novelist here offers a tour de force in which the real, the absurd, the comical, and the tragic are blended into a fascinating read. The hero — or antihero — of Mo Yan's new novel is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his generosity and kindness and benevolence to his peasants, but who in Mao's Land Reform Movement of 1948 was not only stripped of his land and worldly possessions but cruelly executed, despite his protestations of innocence. The novel opens in Hell, where Lord Yama, king of the underworld, has Ximen Nao tortured endlessly, trying to make him admit his guilt, to no avail. Finally, in disgust, Lord Yama allows Ximen Nao to return to earth, to his own farm, where he is reborn not, alas, as a human but first as a donkey, then a horse, a pig, a monkey, and finally the big-headed boy Lan Qiansui. Through the unique perspectives of the various animals, Ximen Nao narrates fifty years of peasant history in China, ending on the eve of the new millennium. An absolutely riveting tale that reveals the author's love of the land, which is beset by so many ills, political, traditional, and modern.

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"A wildly visceral and creative novel....A vast, cruel, and complex story." The New York Times Book Review

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WINNER OF THE 2012 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

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Today's most revered, feared, and controversial Chinese novelist offers a tour de force in which the real, the absurd, the comical, and the tragic are blended into a fascinating read. The hero — or antihero — of Mo Yan's new novel is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his benevolence to his peasants. His story is a deliriously unique journey and absolutely riveting tale that reveals the author's love of a homeland beset by ills inevitable, political, and traditional.

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Today’s most revered, feared, and controversial Chinese novelist offers a tour de force in which the real, the absurd, the comical, and the tragic are blended into a fascinating read. The hero—or antihero—of Mo Yan’s new novel is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his benevolence to his peasants. His story is a deliriously unique journey and absolutely riveting tale that reveals the author’s love of a homeland beset by ills inevitable, political, and traditional.

About the Author

Mo Yan was born in 1955 to a peasant family in Shandong. He is the author of Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, Shifu, and You'll Do Anything for a Laugh. He and his family live in Beijing.

Howard Goldblatt has taught modern Chinese literature and culture for more than a quarter of a century. He is the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West and a former Guggenheim Fellow.

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Marc Allen, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Marc Allen)
This is the best book I've read in the past year or so. It's funny, insightful, tells a powerful story, and leaves you with a great message at the end. I've read several of his other books now, and this is the best by far.
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ISBN:
9781611454277
Author:
Yan, Mo
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Translator:
Goldblatt, Howard
Author:
Goldblatt, Howard
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120731
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TRADE PAPER
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English
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552
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9 x 5 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

What an epic! Riotous writing sprawls through years and incarnations. Infamous characters, including Mo Yan himself! Incredibly imaginative, honest, and filled with beautiful emotion.

"Review" by , "A wildly visceral and creative novel....A vast, cruel, and complex story." The New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , WINNER OF THE 2012 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
"Synopsis" by , Today's most revered, feared, and controversial Chinese novelist offers a tour de force in which the real, the absurd, the comical, and the tragic are blended into a fascinating read. The hero — or antihero — of Mo Yan's new novel is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his benevolence to his peasants. His story is a deliriously unique journey and absolutely riveting tale that reveals the author's love of a homeland beset by ills inevitable, political, and traditional.
"Synopsis" by , Today’s most revered, feared, and controversial Chinese novelist offers a tour de force in which the real, the absurd, the comical, and the tragic are blended into a fascinating read. The hero—or antihero—of Mo Yan’s new novel is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his benevolence to his peasants. His story is a deliriously unique journey and absolutely riveting tale that reveals the author’s love of a homeland beset by ills inevitable, political, and traditional.
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