I Love Dollars: And Other Stories of China

I Love Dollars: And Other Stories of China


By (author) Zhu Wen, Translated by Professor Julia Lovell

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 12mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143113275
  • ISBN 13: 9780143113270
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 552,152

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An 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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Finalist for the Kiriyama Prize "President Obama could enjoyably and profitably spend some of the many hours on the flight to Beijing by reading a few stories in this excellent collection." -Pankaj Mishra, "The China Beat" "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 Stree