Search Results: "Howard Goldblatt"


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Released: July 1, 1995

"Still, on balance, there's too much dross among the gold."
The title is the second-best thing about this extremely uneven anthology of 20 stories written between 1985 and 1993. Read full book review >

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WOLF TOTEM by Jiang Rong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2008

"Any admirer of Jack London—or of Dersu, or Farley Mowat, or other chronicles and chroniclers of wolf-human interaction—will find this a treasure."
The Call of the Wild meets Dersu Uzala in the wilds of Inner Mongolia in this sweeping debut novel by retired Chinese academician Jiang. In China, it has emerged as a zeitgeist novel, outselling any other in Chinese history short of Mao's little red book. Read full book review >

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MY LIFE AS EMPEROR by Su Tong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2005

"Not Su Tong's best, but he's always well worth reading."
The rise and fall of a callow adolescent monarch, in a strange, strained tale from the gifted Chinese author (Raise the Red Lantern, 1993; Rice, 1995). Read full book review >

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PLEASE DON’T CALL ME HUMAN by Wang Shuo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"It's over the top, all right, but it's also a hoot."
The maverick Chinese author of Playing for Thrills (1997) has made even more enemies in his homeland with this abrasive and furiously imaginative satire on China's haughty traditionalism, reverence for elders, and obsession with "saving face," among other national traits. Read full book review >

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THE BOAT TO REDEMPTION by Su Tong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This meandering, oddly shaped novel is likely to be of greater impact to readers familiar with its context."
In a loosely paced, prize-winning political satire, possible descendants of a Chinese revolutionary martyr are linked to an orphan girl with a bourgeois attitude. Read full book review >

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THE REPUBLIC OF WINE by Mo Yan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

"Mo Yan has heretofore looked like China's Maxim Gorky; it now seems he may also be his country's Evelyn Waugh or Groucho Marx."
You may think you're watching Twin Peaks on Chinese television halfway through this rumbustious melodramatic satire by the internationally acclaimed author (1993's Red Sorghum, the source of a prize-winning film; The Garlic Ballads, 1995). Read full book review >

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LIFE AND DEATH ARE WEARING ME OUT by Mo Yan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2008

"The recent Nobel awarded to Gao Xingjian may have ousted Mo Yan from the top level of contenders. If so, the selection committee may have to be 're-educated.' He's one hell of a writer."
Epic black comedy from the inventive Chinese author (Big Breasts and Wide Hips, 2004, etc.) frequently mentioned as a leading Nobel Prize contender. Read full book review >

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LOUD SPARROWS by Aili Mu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A curiosity at best."
Anthology of Chinese short-shorts ranges from exotic to downright weird. Read full book review >

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RED POPPIES by Alai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2002

"A compelling portrait of an unfamiliar place on the cusp of modernity: a promising new writer."
Debut fiction describing the bloodstained last days of Tibetan chieftains before the Chinese communists took over their lands in 1949. Read full book review >

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THE COOK, THE CROOK, AND THE REAL ESTATE TYCOON by Liu Zhenyun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Liu's fiction is a romp through modern Beijing that pits migrant workers from the provinces against billionaires and officials, making a wry statement about modern China and a thoroughly entertaining book."
Capitalism in contemporary China is the background to a nonstop hunt by migrant workers, a billionaire, and government officials—for a purse. Read full book review >

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I DID NOT KILL MY HUSBAND by Liu Zhenyun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Either way, Liu has written a masterful tale that will make you laugh even as you despair. His words are simple but they will linger in your memory long after you have finished."
What's a couple to do when they're expecting their second child in China? Simple. Divorce and get remarried to avoid the one-child policy. Read full book review >

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APRICOT'S REVENGE by Song Ying
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Rooting contemporary crimes in government-sanctioned corruption is nothing new for American writers, but Ying's tale marks something new and welcome in Chinese fiction."
Chinese writer Ying's first appearance in English challenges the Y District Criminal Division to uncover the disturbing motive for the murder of a real estate tycoon. Read full book review >