The Four Books

Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas

The Four Books
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The Four Books

Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas

Yan Lianke’s most powerful novel yet. Reminiscent of A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Darkness at Noon, Yan’s mythical tale portrays the grotesque persecution during the Great Leap Forward.

In the ninety-ninth district of a labour camp, the Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian and Technician undergo re-education, to restore their revolutionary zeal. In charge of this process is the Child, who delights in enforcing draconian rules. The Four Books tells the story of one of China’s most controversial periods. It also reveals the power of camaraderie, love and faith against oppression in the darkest possible times.

‘A searing, allegorical view of Chinese society during some of the darkest moments of the Mao era…Yan cements his reputation as one of China’s most important  - and certainly most fearless  - living writers.’ Kirkus Reviews

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