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- DescriptionOne of China's greatest living authors and fiercest satirists . (Guardian). In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling labour camp, the Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian and Technician are undergoing Re-education, to restore their revolutionary zeal and credentials. In charge of this process is the Child, who delights in draconian rules, monitoring behaviour and confiscating treasured books. The inmates - and hundreds of intellectuals just like them - must meet challenges set by the higher-ups: to grow an ever-spiralling amount of wheat per li of land, and to smelt vast quantities of steel. The stakes are high: they can win their freedom if they are awarded eugh of the small red blossoms, medium red blossoms and pentagonal stars given out for effort, obedience and informing on others. But when bad weather arrives, followed by the 'three bitter years' of the Great Famine, the intellectuals are abandoned by the regime and left on their own to survive. Divided into four narratives, echoing the four texts of Confucianism and the four Gospels of the New Testament, The Four Books tells the story of one of China's most controversial periods. It also shows us the power of camaraderie, love and faith against oppression and the darkest possible odds. This book is the winner of the Franz Kafka Prize 2014, minated for Czech Award Magnesia Litera 2014, Hua Zhong World Chinese Literature Prize 2013, finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2013, winner of the Hua Zhong World Chinese Literature Prize 2013, shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012, shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger 2012, shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011, winner of the Lao She Literature Award 2004, and, winner of the Lu Xun Award 1997.
- 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 International Prize 2016. Long-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2016.
- Author(s)Yan Lianke
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication19/03/2015
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintChatto & Windus
- Out-of-print date16/11/2016
- Weight372 g
- Width135 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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