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    DescriptionA benign old monk listens to a prospective novice's tale of depravity, violence, and carnivorous excess while a nice little family drama - in which nearly everyone dies - unfurls. But in this tale of sharp hatchets, bad water, and a rusty WWII mortar, we can't help but laugh. Reminiscent of the novels of dark masters of European absurdism like Gunter Grass, Witold Gombrowicz, or Jakov Lind, Mo Yan's "Pow!" is a comic masterpiece. In this bizarre romp through the Chinese countryside, the author treats us to a cornucopia of cooked animal flesh - ostrich, camel, donkey, and dog, as well as the more common varieties. As his dual narratives merge and feather into one another, each informing and illuminating the other, Yan probes the character and lifestyle of modern China. Displaying his many talents as fabulist, storyteller, scatologist, master of allusion and cliche, and more, "Pow!" carries the reader along quickly, hungrily, and giddily, up until its surprising denouement. Yan has been called one of the great novelists of modern Chinese literature, and the "New York Times Book Review" has hailed his work as harsh and gritty, raunchy and funny. He writes big, sometimes mystifying, sometimes infuriating, but always entertaining novels - and "Pow!" is no exception.


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    Title
    Pow!
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mo Yan, Translated by Howard Goldblatt
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780857420763
    ISBN 10: 0857420763
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 895.1/352
    B&T Approval Code: A24523050
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 895.1352
    LC classification: PL2886.O1684 P6913 2012
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/DIXNAS
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYT
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    15 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Greenford
    Author Information
    Mo Yan has published dozens of short stories and novels in Chinese. His other English-language works include The Garlic Ballads. The Republic of Wine, Shifu: You'll 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. The founding editor of Modern Chinese Literature, he has contributed essays and articles to the Washington Post, the Times, Time, World Literature Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
    Review quote
    "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 "Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out remains a wildly visionary and creative novel, constantly mocking and rearranging itself and jolting the reader with its own internal commentary." -New York Times Book Review"