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Contemporary Chinese Literature

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Translated by Howard Goldblatt

China in Ten Words

China in Ten Words

by Allen Barr

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

"Like ten pairs of eyes -- to scrutinize the current China under ten different angles," Yu Hua traces the transformation of life in China since the Cultural Revolution through key words. (CHN680, $15.00)

The Boat to Redemption

The Boat to Redemption

by Su Tong | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

In this deft picaresque novel by the author of Raise the Red Lantern, Tong follows the adventures of lovesick Secretary Ku, banished from the Party in after it has been officially proved he does not have a fish-shaped birthmark on his bottom and is therefore not the son of a revolutionary martyr. Winner of the 2009 Man Asia Prize. (CHN639, $16.95)

Big Breasts and Wide Hips, A Novel

Big Breasts and Wide Hips, A Novel

by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 532 PAGES

The winner of China's most prestigious prize for fiction -- soon banned after it ran afoul of the guardians of official morality -- spans seven time periods, from the end of the Qing dynasty to China's post-Mao years, presenting the female body as the book's most important metaphor. (CHN731, $17.95)

Nanjing Requiem, A Novel

Nanjing Requiem, A Novel

by Ha Jin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Award winning novelist Ha Jin re-creates the terror and menace of life in Nanjing after the Japanese invasion of 1937. (CHN681, $15.95)

Wolf Totem

Wolf Totem

by Jiang Rong

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Defiant, unyielding, feared, hunted and revered, the great Mongolian wolf is the heart and center of Rong's epic tale of a young man from Beijing and his surprising encounters on the Mongolian steppe. A stirring epic, allegory and elegy for a vanished way of life, the novel won the first Man Asia Prize. (CHN471, $16.00)

 
Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused, Fiction from Today's China

Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused, Fiction from Today's China


by Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This collection of 20 stories by young Chinese writers showcases a variety of styles, from brutal realism to mystery to experimental prose, that have emerged amid cultural and political change. (CHN638, $16.00)

Change

Change


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 117 PAGES

Mo Yan traces personal, political and social changes in his country over the past few decades in a novella disguised as autobiography -- or vice-versa. By moving back and forth in time and focusing on small events and everyday people, Mo Yan breathes life into history by describing the effects of larger-than-life events on the average citizen. (CHN645, $15.00)

Frog

Frog


by Howard Goldblatt | Mo Yan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

A deft exploration of China's one-child policy by a Nobel-Prize-winning novelist. After performing late-term abortions during the Chinese Communist Revolution, a woman eventually aborts a fetus for her nephew's wife. The novel ends with a play written by her nephew, entitled "Frog." (CHN784, $27.95)

Lenin's Kisses

Lenin's Kisses


by Yan Lianke | Carlos Rojas

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

Winner of the Lao She Literary Award, this blistering satire shows the word of modern China through the tale of one small village. (CHN729, $18.00)

Naked Earth

Naked Earth


by Eileen Chang

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

A gritty depiction of the Chinese Communist Revolution, this novel follows the lives of a young couple whose idealism is shattered by the corruption and tragedy of Mao's reign. (CHN792, $16.95)

Red Poppies

Red Poppies


by Alai | Howard Goldblatt | Sylvia Li-Chun Lin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 433 PAGES

This family saga unfolds in the 1930s among the warlords of eastern Tibet. (TBT61, $24.95)

Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 359 PAGES

A novel of family, myth, and memory set during the fratricidal barbarity of 1930s China. (CHN633, $17.00)

Rickshaw Boy

Rickshaw Boy


by She Lao

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Captured by renegade soldiers, seduced by his boss's ugly daughter and robbed by an unscrupulous detective, poor Xiangzi is subjected to all sorts of humiliation in this tale of an honest country boy in rough-and-tumble Beijing. (CHN631, $14.99)

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The author of Red Sorghum presents a collection of new short stories, which range from the tragic to the comic and reflect the author's own disdain for bureaucracy and repression. The title story is being made into a film by Zhang Yimou. (CHN734, $14.95)

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature


by Jo Lau | Howard Goldblatt

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 737 PAGES

The first comprehensive anthology of modern Chinese literature, this tome, with many newly commissioned translations, introduces important authors and literary trends of modern China. (CHN524, $40.00)

The Four Books

The Four Books


by Yan Lianke

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Set in a Communist re-education camp, this dark, allegorical tale features four protagonists: "the Musician" (and her lover, "the Scholar") "the Theologian" and "the Author"' who are encouraged to betray one another in the face of death by starvation, impossible production quotas and their overseer, a preadolescent kid called "the Child." (CHN793, $27.00)

The Garlic Ballads

The Garlic Ballads


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Against a backdrop of corrupt Communist officialdom unfold three intricately woven tales of love, loyalty, and retribution: between man and woman; father and child; friend and friend. (CHN730, $14.95)

The Republic of Wine

The Republic of Wine


by Mo Yan | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Wild, bawdy, politically explosive, and subversive, The Republic of Wine skewers contemporary Chinese society. (CHN733, $14.95)

Three Sisters

Three Sisters


by Feiyu Bi | Howard Goldblatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 282 PAGES

From small-town treachery to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution and harried 1980s Beijing, Bi tracks the lives of three sisters as they come of age in contemporary China. Winner of the 2010 Man Asia Literary Prize. (CHN632, $24.00)

To Live

To Live


by Yu Hua

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this unforgettable tale. (CHN408, $15.00)

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