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    DescriptionAn immediate sensation upon publication in China, "I Love Dollars" is a hilarious send-up of China's love affair with capitalism by one of its most gifted new writers. In the title story, a young man, acutely aware of his filial duty, sets out to secure a prostitute for his father, only to haggle his old man out of a good time. Here, gleefully exposed, are the inanities of everyday life in contemporary China. As penetrating as Kafka, as outrageously funny as Larry David, and with a slangy swagger all Zhu Wen's own, "I Love Dollars" is priceless.

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    I Love Dollars
    And Other Stories of China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Zhu Wen, Translated by Professor Julia Lovell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 172 g
    ISBN 13: 9780143113270
    ISBN 10: 0143113275

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    DC21: 895.1352
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC003000
    B&T Approval Code: P24105001
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PL2852.W424 W6313 2008
    Edition statement
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin USA
    Publication date
    01 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    Finalist for the Kiriyama Prize "Extraordinary . . . Zhu Wen has gifted us with his darkly comic view of the underbelly of the New China." -Kiriyama Prize Judges' Citation "A rollicking read . . . A lively look at the dark side of China's boom." -"Time" "This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . Zhu Wen makes a laughingstock out of China. . . . Great satire-think of Swift or Kurt Vonnegut-has frequently been outlandishly comic on the surface while barely managing to disguise the despair at human stupidity and viciousness that lies underneath. These six stories are very much in this tradition. . . . ["I Love Dollars" is] classic comic fiction of the highest order." -"The Wall Street Journal" "It's almost an insult to consider Zhu Wen as a man of his times. Writers like him are above that, timeless: like Catullus, Balzac or Daniil Kharms, Zhu Wen is one of those writers who seems to leap from the pages of his stories, grinning obscenely and poking the reader in the abdomen. . . . This is weird, twisted territory, but it's the familiar weird, twisted territory of Kafka's 'The Judgment' or Freud's chapter on 'The Embarrassment-Dream of Nakedness.' . . . These are primal, ancient themes; people have been telling stories like this since Ham saw Noah naked. They remain fresh in part because of their psychosexual immediacy, and in part because not just anyone can tell them well." -"The Nation" "Hilarious . . . Borges, Vonnegut, and Swift are suggested touchstones for Zhu's fiction. The extravagant black humor of Terry Southern, suffused with irrationality and pain, also comes to mind." -"Booklist" (starred review) "Comic. . . . Absurdist. . . . Provocative. . . . [A] masterful translation." -"San Diego Union-Tribune" "Exquisite commentaries on life in modern China . . . Modern China, as captured by Wen, is a Kafkaesque horror. The p