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- DescriptionThis book is a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. Deep within the Balou mountains lies a small rural town populated by disabled people. Blind, deaf and disfigured, the 197 citizens of the Village of Liven have until w enjoyed a peaceful, mutually supportive life out of sight and mind of the government. But when an unseasonal swstorm wipes out that year's crops, a county official dreams up a scheme that will raise money for the district and boost his career. He convinces the villagers to set up a travelling freak-show, to include Blind Tonghua's Acute Listening Act and Deafman Ma's Firecrackers-on-the-Ear. With the money, he intends to buy Lenin's embalmed corpse from an ailing Russia and install it in a splendid mausoleum in the mountains to attract tourism to this sleepy district. However, as we all kw, even the best intentions can go awry.
- Author BiographyYan Lianke was born in 1958 in Henan Province, China. He is the author of numerous novels and short-story collections, including Serve the People!, Dream of Ding Village and Lenin's Kisses. He is the winner of an array of literary awards, and in 2014 was awarded the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize, whose previous winners include Vaclav Havel, John Banville, Harold Pinter, Haruki Murakami and Philip Roth. He currently lives and writes in Beijing.
- PrizesShortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013.
- Author(s)Yan Lianke
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication03/10/2013
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight358 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Translated byCarlos Rojas
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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