An epic vision of China in the twentieth century by the author of Red Sorghum. On the eve of invasion by marauding Japanese troops, the Shangguan family eagerly prepare for two important arrivals: the birth of a foal to their donkey, and the birth of yet another girl to the young matriarch, in that order of priority. Surrounded by a remorseless mother and seven sisters, each named in anticipation of his birth, the resulting boy-child becomes our ineffectual narrator, leading us through a generation of life in a rural Chinese community populated by strong women and weak husbands, bandits and government bureaucrats, hen-murdering mid-wives and philandering missionaries, in this epic Chinese picaresque from the acclaimed author of Red Sorghum. Resplendent with the grotesque, bristling with grim humour, and visceral in its treatment of sex, violence and death, "Big Breasts & Wide Hips" is a searing vision of China in the twentieth century.
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Surrounded by a remorseless mother and seven sisters, each named in anticipation of his birth, a boy-child becomes the narrator of this story, presenting a generation of life in a rural Chinese community in twentieth century, populated by strong women and weak husbands, bandits and government bureaucrats, hen-murdering mid-wives and missionaries.
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"'Hugely satisfying' Good Book Guide * 'Hugely satisfying...The prose is often brutal but it's frequently beautiful enough to make you stop and read entire pages again' Good Book Guide * 'This is a novel with an undeniably big heart' Scotland on Sunday * 'If I were to choose a Nobel laureate, it would be Mo Yan' Kenzaburo Oe, 1994 Nobel Laureate for Literature * 'A fine Chinese writer deeply concerned with the fate of his fellow men' Times Literary Supplement"
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Produktdetaljer

ISBN
9780413771551
Publisert
2006
Utgiver
Vendor
Methuen Publishing Ltd
Aldersnivå
01, G
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Antall sider
532

Forfatter

Biographical note

Mo Yan was born in 1956 in China. The author of several novels including Red Sorghum (which was made into a highly successful feature film), dozens of novellas, and numerous short stories, he has won, among other national literary prizes, China's Annual Writer's Award, its most prestigious literary prize. He lives in Shandong, China.