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    DescriptionIn "Change", Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, personalizes the political and social changes in his country over the past few decades in this novella disguised as autobiography-or vice-versa. Unlike most historical narratives from China, which are pegged to political events, "Change" is a representative of "people's history," a bottom-up rather than top-down view of a country in flux. 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.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mo Yan, Translated by Howard Goldblatt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 108
    Width: 108 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 114 g
    ISBN 13: 9780857421609
    ISBN 10: 0857421603

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Libri: I-FH
    DC21: 895.1352
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 33
    B&T Approval Code: A24523050
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC037000
    Ingram Theme: INDS/ASIAN
    LC classification: PL2886.O1684 B5313 2012
    Edition statement
    Reprint, Translation
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    15 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Mo Yan has published dozens of short stories and novels in Chinese. His other works include Pow!; The Garlic Ballads; The Republic of Wine; Shifu; You'l Do Anything for a Laugh; Big Breasts & Wide Hips; and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. Howard Goldblatt is research professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame. Founding editor of Modern Chinese Literature, he has contributed essays and articles to the Washington Post, Times, Time, World Literature Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
    Review quote
    "In his novels and short stories, Mr. Mo paints sprawling, intricate portraits of Chinese rural life, often using flights of fancy-animal narrators, elements of fairy tales-that evoke the lyrical techniques of South American magical realists." -New York Times "Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition."-Nobel Committee for Literature "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"