Big Breasts and Wide Hips

£9.99

Yan, Mo

19/10/2006 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413771551


About Big Breasts and Wide Hips

 MO YAN - WINNER OF THE 2012 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

 'A novel with an undeniably big heart'

Scotland on Sunday

 A towering work of fiction by the author of Red Sorghum

In 1900, as the Boxer Rebellion rages in China, baby Shanggüan Lu is hidden in a flour vat while her parents are slain by invading German forces.

Ninety-three years later, having survived the Japanese occupation, the civil war, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, she dies in the care of her only son, a boy addicted to his mother's milk.

The story of an indestructible woman in a land brought to its knees by waves of war, famine and communism, by weak men, bandits and bureaucrats, philandering missionaries and hen-murdering midwives, Big Breasts and Wide Hips is a searing, satirical vision of China in the twentieth century. Resplendently grotesque, bristling with grim humour, exuberant in its treatment of sex, violence, politics and death, it confirms Mo Yan as the greatest Chinese author of his generation. 

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'Astonishing novel. Blending bawdy humour, gory violence and pungent imagery, Mo Yan paints a unique portrait of China's 20th century'

The Guardian

 

 

'Yan manages his blend of mayhem and mysticism with a priestly flair and, despite the terrible bloodshed, the human spirit does endure'

The Observer

 

 

'Fiction in the grand, triple-decker tradition, Dickens gone to China and finding as much human raw material as England ever offered'

The Washington Post

 

 

'Hugely satisfying ... The prose is often brutal but it's frequently beautiful enough to make you stop and read entire pages again'

The Good Book Guide

 

 

'A novel with an undeniably big heart'

Scotland on Sunday

 

 

'Mo Yan's Northeast Gaomi County ... is as vivid a spot on the literary landscape as William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha or Thomas Hardy's Wessex'

Time


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