By Yan Lianke
From grasp storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the distinguished Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the fellow Booker foreign Prize, The 4 Books is a strong, bold novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside of a hard work camp for intellectuals in the course of Mao's nice breakthrough. A popular writer in China, and between its so much censored, Yan's legendary, occasionally surreal story cuts to the bone in its portrayal of the fight among authoritarian energy and man's will to be successful opposed to the darkest odds via camaraderie, love, and faith.
In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and lecturers are detained to reinforce their loyalty to Communist ideologies. right here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar—along with the writer and the Theologian—are compelled to hold out grueling actual paintings and are inspired to notify on one another for dissident habit. The prize: successful the opportunity at freedom. They're overseen via preadolescent manager, the kid, who delights in present structures and over the top punishments. while agricultural and commercial creation quotas are raised to an not possible point, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness. after which, as inclement climate and famine set in, they're deserted by way of the regime and left by myself to outlive.
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