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POW! by Mo Yan

In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Mo Yan, a benign old monk listens to a prospective novice’s tale of depravity, violence, and carnivorous excess while a nice little family drama—in which nearly everyone dies—unfurls. But in this tale of sharp hatchets, bad water, and a rusty WWII mortar, we can’t help but laugh. Reminiscent of the novels of dark masters of European absurdism like Günter Grass, Witold Gombrowicz, or Jakov Lind, Mo Yan’s POW! is a comic masterpiece.

In this bizarre romp through the Chinese countryside, the author treats us to a cornucopia of cooked animal flesh—ostrich, camel, donkey, dog, as well as the more common varieties. As his dual narratives merge and feather into one another, each informing and illuminating the other, Mo Yan probes the character and lifestyle of modern China. Displaying his many talents, as fabulist, storyteller, scatologist, master of allusion and cliché, and more, POW! carries the reader along quickly, hungrily, and giddily, up until its surprising dénouement.

Mo Yan has been called one of the great novelists of modern Chinese literature and the New York Times Book Review has hailed his work as harsh and gritty, raunchy and funny. He writes big, sometimes mystifying, sometimes infuriating, but always entertaining novels—and POW! is no exception.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857421159
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication date: 12/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 747,820
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Mo Yan has published dozens of short stories and novels in Chinese. His other English-language works include The Garlic BalladsThe Republic of Wine, Shifu: You'll Do Anything for a LaughBig Breasts & Wide Hips, and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. Howard Goldblatt is research professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame. The founding editor of Modern Chinese Literature, he has contributed essays and articles to the Washington Post, the TimesTimeWorld Literature Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

Table of Contents

Chapters 1–41
Afterword by Mo Yan

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Pow! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tda29 More than 1 year ago
An amazing kaleidoscope of rural 1990's China undergoing the beginnings of the explosive growth of the new capitalist China. A  subtle and brilliant critique of government food regulation and free fettered capitalism all through the unique fabulist, hyper-realist and historical lens of Mo Yan who has managed to effectively cover many politically controversial  political topics in a highly literary way. Fully deserving of the Nobel Prize.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits writing number fats