Pow!

Pow!  (English, Hardcover, Yan Mo)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780857420763, 0857420763
    • Pages: 440
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    A benign old monk listens to a prospective novice’s tale of depravity, violence and carnivorous excess while a nice little family drama—in which nearly everyone dies—unfurls. But through this tale of sharp hatchets, bad water and a rusty Second World War–mortar, we can’t help but laugh. Reminiscent of the dark masters of European absurdism like Günter 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—ostrich, camel, donkey, dog and cat 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 cliché, Pow! carries the reader along quickly, hungrily and giddily, up until its surprising dénouement.

    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 Pow! is no exception.

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    • 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 & 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 Garca Mrquez, 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.
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    • 33 mm
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    • 230 mm
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    • 163 mm
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    • 718 gr
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