Pow!

ISBN-10: 0857420763

ISBN-13: 9780857420763

Edition: 2013

Authors: Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt

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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 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 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, as well as the more common varieties. As his dual narratives merge and feather into one another, each informing and illuminating the other, Yan probes the character and lifestyle of modern China. Displaying his many talents, as fabulist, storyteller, scatologist, master of allusion and cliché, and more,Pow!carries the reader along quickly, hungrily, and giddily, up until its surprising dénouement.Yan has been called one of the great novelists of modern Chinese literature and theNew York Times Book Reviewhas hailed his work as harsh and gritty, raunchy and funny. He writes big, sometimes mystifying, sometimes infuriating, but always entertaining novels—andPow!is no exception.  “If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan. Like Kafka, Yan has the ability to examine his society through a variety of lenses, creating fanciful,Metamorphosis-like transformations or evoking the numbing bureaucracy and casual cruelty of modern governments.” —Publishers Weekly
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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 440
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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.

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