Big Breasts, Wide Hips
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Big Breasts, Wide Hips

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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, exhuberant in its treatment of sex, violence, politics and death, it confirms Mo Yan as the greatest Chinese author of his generation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 26mm | 396g
  • Methuen Publishing Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0413771555
  • 9780413771551
  • 72,763

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"'Hugely satisfying' Good Book Guide * 'Hugely satisfying...The prose is often brutal but it's frequently beautiful enough to make you stop and read entire pages again' Good Book Guide * 'This is a novel with an undeniably big heart' Scotland on Sunday * 'If I were to choose a Nobel laureate, it would be Mo Yan' Kenzaburo Oe, 1994 Nobel Laureate for Literature * 'A fine Chinese writer deeply concerned with the fate of his fellow men' Times Literary Supplement"show more

About Mo Yan

Mo Yan was born in 1956 in China. The author of several novels including Red Sorghum (which was made into a highly successful feature film), dozens of novellas, and numerous short stories, he has won, among other national literary prizes, China's Annual Writer's Award, its most prestigious literary prize. He lives in Shandong, China.show more

Rating details

1,675 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 26% (435)
4 35% (579)
3 27% (452)
2 9% (144)
1 4% (65)
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