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  • Life and Death are Wearing Me Out | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt (translator)

    Life and Death are Wearing Me Out

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
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    Today’s most revered, feared, and controversial Chinese novelist offers a tour de force in which the real, the absurd, the comical, and the tragic are blended into a fascinating narrative. The hero—or antihero—of Mo Yan’s new novel is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his benevolence to his peasants. His story is a deliriously unique journey and absolutely riveting tale that reveals the author’s love of a homeland beset by ills inevitable, political, and traditional.

    Casey Crede says: "Five Flowerings in the era of Communist China"
  • Red Sorghum: A Novel of China | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt (translator)

    Red Sorghum: A Novel of China

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
    • Narrated By George Backman
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    Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated film directed by Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum is a book in which fable and history collide to produce fiction that is entirely new—and unforgettable.

    Brian Edmunds says: "Not One Hundred Years of Solitude"
  • Frog: A Novel | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt (translator)

    Frog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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    Frog opens with a playwright nicknamed Tadpole who plans to write about his aunt. In her youth, Gugu - the beautiful daughter of a famous doctor and staunch Communist - is revered for her skill as a midwife. But when her lover defects, Gugu's own loyalty to the Party is questioned. She decides to prove her allegiance by strictly enforcing the one-child policy, keeping tabs on the number of children in the village, and performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant.

    Patriot says: "Amazing story of reproduction."
  • Garlic Ballads | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt (translator)

    Garlic Ballads

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Woo
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    The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest. A surplus on the garlic market ensues, and the farmers must watch in horror as their crops wither and rot in the fields. Families are destroyed by the random imprisonment of young and old for supposed crimes against the state. Meanwhile, a blind minstrel incites the masses to take the law into their own hands....

  • The Republic of Wine | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt

    The Republic of Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt
    • Narrated By Louis Changchien
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    In this hypnotic epic novel, Mo Yan, the most critically acclaimed Chinese writer of this generation, takes us on a journey to a conjured province of contemporary China known as the Republic of Wine - a corrupt and hallucinatory world filled with superstitions, gargantuan appetites, and surrealistic events. When rumors reach the authorities that strange and excessive gourmandize is being practiced in the city of Liquorland (so named for the staggering amount of alcohol produced and consumed there), veteran special investigator Ding Gou'er is dispatched from the capital.

    Oscar says: "darkly modernistic"
  • Big Breasts and Wide Hips | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt

    Big Breasts and Wide Hips

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, Ryan Yu
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    In a country where patriarchal favoritism and the primacy of sons survived multiple revolutions and an ideological earthquake, this epic novel is first and foremost about women, with the female body serving as the book’s central metaphor. The protagonist, Mother, is born in 1900 and married at seventeen into the Shangguan family. She has nine children, only one of whom is a boy—the narrator of the book. A spoiled and ineffectual child, he stands in stark contrast to his eight strong and forceful female siblings.

    KAran says: "Maybe it's just me..."
  • Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh: A Novel | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt

    Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt
    • Narrated By James Chen
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    Mo Yan, China’s most critically acclaimed author, has changed the face of his country’s contemporary literature with such daring and masterly novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this collection of eight astonishing stories - the title story of which has been adapted to film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum, Zhang Yimou - Mo Yan shows why he is also China’s leading writer of short fiction.

  • Det röda fältet [Red Sorghum] | Mo Yan

    Det röda fältet [Red Sorghum]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mo Yan
    • Narrated By Torsten Wahlund
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    Ett brännvinsbränneri är navet i denna roman, som är en märklig väv av kärlek och grymhet, blod och poesi. Kring bränneriet utbreder sig oändliga fält av mörkröd sorghum, det sädesslag som försörjer bränneriet men också ger bönderna deras dagliga bröd. Här, på landsbygden i östra Kina, tilldrar sig de märkliga äventyren i denna bok.Miljön är 1920- och 1930-talens kaos med fattigdom, banditväsende och japansk ockupation.

  • Vitlöksballaderna [The Garlic Ballads] | Mo Yan,Anna Gustavsson Chen (translator)

    Vitlöksballaderna [The Garlic Ballads]

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Anna Gustavsson Chen (translator)
    • Narrated By Torsten Wahlund
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    Bönderna i Paradisets län har länge levt under svåra omständigheter. Regeringen har uppmanat dem att odla vitlök, men överproduktion gör snart grödan osäljbar. Bönderna kan bara med smärta se på när skörden ruttnar på fälten under den gassande solen. Missnöjet exploderar i ett våldsamt upplopp. I den skoningslösa våg av massarresteringar som följer krossas familjer, vänner och älskande.

  • Frog | Mo Yan,Howard Goldblatt - translator

    Frog

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt - translator
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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    Gugu is beautiful, charismatic and of an unimpeachable political background. A respected midwife, she combines modern medical knowledge with a healer's touch to save the lives of village women and their babies. After a disastrous love affair with a defector leaves Gugu reeling, she throws herself zealously into enforcing China's draconian new family-planning policy by any means necessary, be it forced sterilizations or late-term abortions.

  • Frösche | Mo Yan

    Frösche

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mo Yan
    • Narrated By Gert Heidenreich
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    In seinem großen neuen Roman zeigt sich der Literaturnobelpreisträger Mo Yan auf der Höhe seiner Kunst...

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