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Title:
The Four Books (MP3)
Written by:
Yan Lianke 
Read by:
George Backman 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
13 hours 31 minutes 
MP3 size:
557 MB 
Published:
February 01 2020 
Available Date:
February 01 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655651086 
Genres:
Fiction; Political Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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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.

From master storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labour camp for intellectuals during Mao’s Great Leap Forward. In the 99th district of a sprawling labour camp, the Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian and Technician – and hundreds just like them – 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. But when bad weather arrives, followed by the ‘three bitter years’, the intellectuals are abandoned by the regime and left on their own to survive. Divided into four narratives, The Four Books tells the story of the Great Famine, one of China’s most devastating and controversial periods.

'An original work of art ... The Four Books shows Yan in top satirical form.'
The National

'No other writer in today's China has so consistently explored, dissected and mocked the past six and a half decades of Chinese communist rule ... An extraordinary novel, one that both commemorates the state’s victims and defies China's state-sponsored amnesia.'
Guardian