The Garlic Ballads

The Garlic Ballads

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The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt

The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest.
A surplus on the garlic market ensues, and the farmers must watch in horror as their crops wither and rot in the fields. Families are destroyed by the random imprisonment of young and old for supposed crimes against the state.

The prisoners languish in horrifying conditions in their cells, with only their strength of character and thoughts of their loved ones to save them from madness. Meanwhile, a blind minstrel incites the masses to take the law into their own hands, and a riot of apocalyptic proportions follows with savage and unforgettable consequences. The Garlic Ballads is a powerful vision of life under the heel of an inflexible and uncaring government. It is also a delicate story of love between man and woman, father and child, friend and friend—and the struggle to maintain that love despite overwhelming obstacles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611457070
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 570,125
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mo Yan was born in 1955 to a peasant family in Shandong. He is the author of Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, Shifu, and You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh. He and his family live in Beijing.

Howard Goldblatt has taught modern Chinese literature and culture for more than a quarter of a century. He is the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West and a former Guggenheim Fellow.

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The Garlic Ballads 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BillR More than 1 year ago
The book is excellent, although I'm not sure it is Nobel-Prize-worthy. The e-book production on the other hand is terrible. It looks like it was scanned and then never proofed. So many typographical errors that it is distracting.
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War Games tonight!!!<br> Camp Change!!! Time to be the real &real<_>epublic of Greece!!!<p> Thats it for today!<p> ~&#167&#1108&#1026 &#25282
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This is a rubbish book!