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POW!

by Mo Yan Seagull Books
Pub Date:
12/2014
ISBN:
9780857422217
Format:
Pbk 392 pages
Price:
AU$41.99 NZ$43.47
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 In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Mo Yan, a benign old monk listens to a prospective novice and rsquo;s tale of depravity, violence, and carnivorous excess while a nice little family drama and mdash;in which nearly everyone dies - ;unfurls. But in this tale of sharp hatchets, bad water, and a rusty WWII mortar, we can't help but laugh. Reminiscent of the novels of dark masters of European absurdism like G and uuml;nter Grass, Witold Gombrowicz, or Jakov Lind, Mo Yan's POW! Is a comic masterpiece.     


In this bizarre romp through the Chinese countryside, the author treats us to a cornucopia of cooked animal flesh and mdash;ostrich, camel, donkey, dog, as well as the more common varieties. As his dual narratives merge and feather into one another, each informing and illuminating the other, Mo Yan probes the character and lifestyle of modern China. Displaying his many talents, as fabulist, storyteller, scatologist, master of allusion and clich and eacute;, and more, POW! Carries the reader along quickly, hungrily, and giddily, up until its surprising d and eacute;nouement.    Mo Yan has been called one of the great novelists of modern Chinese literature and the New York Times Book Review has hailed his work as harsh and gritty, raunchy and funny. He writes big, sometimes mystifying, sometimes infuriating, but always entertaining novels and mdash;and POW! Is no exception.
Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature, has published dozens of short stories and novels in Chinese. His other English-language works include The Garlic Ballads, The Republic of Wine, Shifu: You'll Do Anything for a Laugh, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. In awarding him the Nobel Prize the Swedish Academy said: Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition. . Howard Goldblatt is research professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame. Founding editor of Modern Chinese Literature, he has contributed essays and articles to the Washington Post, the Times, Time, World Literature Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.