The Garlic Ballads

The Garlic Ballads

The Garlic Ballads is a powerful vision of life under the heel of an inflexible and uncaring government.

Author: Mo Yan

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781628722062

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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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.
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Pow

Pow

[In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature], "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 .

Author: Mo Yan

Publisher:

ISBN: 0857422219

Category: Fiction

Page: 386

View: 290

[In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature], "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 ... 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."--Publisher's description.
Categories: Fiction

Change

Change

"In Change, China's foremost novelist Mo Yan personalizes the social and political changes in his country over the past few decades in a novella disguised as autobiography (or vice versa).

Author: Yan Mo

Publisher:

ISBN: 0857421603

Category: Fiction

Page: 117

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In Change, Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, personalizes the political and social changes in his country over the past few decades in this novella disguised as autobiography—or vice-versa. Unlike most historical narratives from China, which are pegged to political events, Change is a representative of “people's history,” a bottom-up rather than top-down view of a country in flux. By moving back and forth in time and focusing on small events and everyday people, Mo Yan breathes life into history by describing the effects of larger-than-life events on the average citizen. “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.”— Nobel Committee for Literature
Categories: Fiction

Frog

Frog

Spanning the pre-revolutionary era and the country's modern-day consumer society, Mo Yan's taut and engrossing examination of Chinese society will be read for generations to come. 'Mo Yan deserves a place in world literature.

Author: Mo Yan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241967331

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 851

Frogs is a richly complex new novel about China's one-child policy by Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2012. A respected midwife, Gugu combines modern medical knowledge with a healer's touch to save the lives of village women and their babies. After a disastrous love affair with a defector leaves Gugu reeling, she throws herself into enforcing China's draconian new family planning policy by any means necessary. Her blind devotion to the party line spares no one, not her own family, not even herself. Spanning the pre-revolutionary era and the country's modern-day consumer society, Mo Yan's taut and engrossing examination of Chinese society will be read for generations to come. 'Mo Yan deserves a place in world literature. His voice will find its way into the heart of the reader, just as Kundera and Garcia Marquez have' Amy Tan 'One of China's leading writers . . . his work rings with refreshing authenticity' Time 'His idiom has the spiralling invention and mytho-maniacal quality of much world literature of a high order, from Vargas Llosa to Rushdie' Observer Mo Yan was born in 1955 in Gaomi County in Shandong province, China. He is the author of various novellas and short stories and numerous novels including Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and The Garlic Ballads. In 2012 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Howard Goldblatt is the award-winning translator of numerous works of contemporary Chinese into English.
Categories: Fiction

Mo Yan in Context

Mo Yan in Context

This is the first English-language study of the Chinese writer's work and influence, featuring essays from scholars in a range of disciplines, from both China and the United States.

Author: Angelica Duran

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781612493442

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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In 2012 the Swedish Academy announced that Mo Yan had received the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work that "with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history, and the contemporary." The announcement marked the first time a resident of mainland China had ever received the award. This is the first English-language study of the Chinese writer's work and influence, featuring essays from scholars in a range of disciplines, from both China and the United States. Its introduction, twelve articles, and epilogue aim to deepen and widen critical discussions of both a specific literary author and the globalization of Chinese literature more generally. The book takes the "root-seeking" movement with which Mo Yan's works are associated as a metaphor for its organizational structure. The four articles of "Part I: Leaves" focus on Mo Yan's works as world literature, exploring the long shadow his works have cast globally. Howard Goldblatt, Mo Yan's English translator, explores the difficulties and rewards of interpreting his work, while subsequent articles cover issues such as censorship and the "performativity" associated with being a global author. "Part II: Trunk" explores the nativist core of Mo Yan's works. Through careful comparative treatment of related historical events, the five articles in this section show how specific literary works intermingle with China's national and international politics, its mid-twentieth-century visual culture, and its rich religious and literary conventions, including humor. The three articles in "Part III: Roots" delve into the theoretical and practical extensions of Mo Yan's works, uncovering the vibrant critical and cultural systems that ground Eastern and Western literatures and cultures. Mo Yan in Context concludes with an epilogue by sociologist Fenggang Yang, offering a personal and globally aware reflection on the recognition Mo Yan's works have received at this historical juncture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum

The acclaimed novel of love and resistance during late 1930s China by Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events ...

Author: Mo Yan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101656952

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The acclaimed novel of love and resistance during late 1930s China by Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated film directed by Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum is a book in which fable and history collide to produce fiction that is entirely new—and unforgettable.
Categories: Fiction

Shifu You ll Do Anything for a Laugh

Shifu  You ll Do Anything for a Laugh

In this collection of eight astonishing stories—the title story of which has been adapted to film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou—Mo Yan shows why he is also China’s leading writer of short fiction.

Author: Mo Yan

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781611459531

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 866

Mo Yan, China’s most critically acclaimed author, has changed the face of his country’s contemporary literature with such daring and masterly novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this collection of eight astonishing stories—the title story of which has been adapted to film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou—Mo Yan shows why he is also China’s leading writer of short fiction. His passion for writing shaped by his own experience of almost unimaginable poverty as a child, Mo Yan uses his talent to expose the harsh abuses of an oppressive society. In these stories he writes of those who suffer, physically and spiritually, under its yoke: the newly unemployed factory worker who hits upon an ingenious financial opportunity; two former lovers revisiting their passion fleetingly before returning to their spouses; young couples willing to pay for a place to share their love in private; the abandoned baby brought home by a soldier to his unsympathetic wife; the impoverished child who must subsist on a diet of iron and steel; the young bride willing to go to any length to escape an odious, arranged marriage. Never didactic, Mo’s fiction ranges from tragedy to wicked satire, rage to whimsy, magical fable to harsh realism, from impassioned pleas on behalf of struggling workers to paeans to romantic love.
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Persuasive Aesthetic Ecocritical Praxis

Persuasive Aesthetic Ecocritical Praxis

NOVEL COMPARISONS: THE GARLIC BALLADS AND WOLF TOTEM I want to
turn now to two Chinese novels, ones that have certain parallels in their foci of
attention and their economic and spiritual differences as that of All She Was
Worth ...

Author: Patrick D. Murphy

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498514842

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

View: 863

Persuasive Aesthetic Ecocritical Praxis analyzes environmental literature and film from a tranversal ecocritical orientation with a focus on the aesthetic dimensions in terms of persuasive affects. It emphasizes attention to crucial themes, such as climate change, land dispossession, and differential gender impacts of global economics, as well as scenarios of possible sustainable futures.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mo Yan Speaks

Mo Yan Speaks

Mo Yan's passion for this work also comes across clearly in his lectures and speeches, reinforcing the strong emotions his works evoke in his readers.

Author: Yan Mo

Publisher:

ISBN: 1604979895

Category: Literature

Page:

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"Just as Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Mo Yan captivated his audience with his storytelling as a young boy and later readers with his novels (e.g., Red Sorghum , The Garlic Ballads , The Republic of Wine , Big Breasts and Wide Hips ) and short stories (e.g., 'Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh'), his speeches on literature in recent years are riveting. They provide rare insight into the complex thought processes of one of the most influential writers in the world. Mo Yan's passion for this work also comes across clearly in his lectures and speeches, reinforcing the strong emotions his works evoke in his readers. Many of these speeches have been translated into Japanese and Korean, and they are now available in English. From the writers who have influenced him to the relationship between his life and his works, these speeches provide an extraordinary window in Mo Yan's world and will help us appreciate his works even more"--
Categories: Literature

Sandalwood Death

Sandalwood Death

Sun Meiniang interacts with the three men in her life during the Boxer Rebellion, including Sun Bing, her father and a leader of the rebellion, who is destined to come to a cruel end.

Author: Yan Mo

Publisher: Chinese Literature Today Books

ISBN: 0806143398

Category: Fiction

Page: 409

View: 248

Sun Meiniang interacts with the three men in her life during the Boxer Rebellion, including Sun Bing, her father and a leader of the rebellion, who is destined to come to a cruel end.
Categories: Fiction

The Republic of Wine

The Republic of Wine

Plagued by persistent reports of cannibalism in a province known as the Republic of Wine, the Chinese government sends special investigator Ding Gou'er to substantiate the disturbing rumors. Reprint.

Author: Mo Yan

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

ISBN: 1559705760

Category: Fiction

Page: 356

View: 233

Plagued by persistent reports of cannibalism in a province known as the Republic of Wine, the Chinese government sends special investigator Ding Gou'er to substantiate the disturbing rumors. Reprint.
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Climate and Crises

Climate and Crises

48 Mo Yan, The Garlic Ballads, trans. Howard Goldblatt (New York: Arcade
Publishing, 2012); hereafter cited by page in the text. 49 In a personal interview
on March 26, 2000, Mo Yan said the plot of The Garlic Ballads is based on a real
revolt ...

Author: Ben Holgate

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351372930

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Climate and Crises: Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse makes a dual intervention in both world literature and ecocriticism by examining magical realism as an international style of writing that has long-standing links with environmental literature. The book argues that, in the era of climate change when humans are facing the prospect of species extinction, new ideas and new forms of expression are required to address what the novelist Amitav Gosh calls a "crisis of imagination." Magical realism enables writers to portray alternative intellectual paradigms, ontologies and epistemologies that typically contest the scientific rationalism derived from the European Enlightenment, and the exploitation of natural resources associated with both capitalism and imperialism. Climate and Crises explores the overlaps between magical realism and environmental literature, including their respective transgressive natures that dismantle binaries (such as human and non-human), a shared biocentric perspective that focuses on the inter-connectedness of all things in the universe, and, frequently, a critique of postcolonial legacies in formerly colonised territories. The book also challenges conventional conceptions of magical realism, arguing they are often influenced by a geographic bias in the construction of the orthodox global canon, and instead examines contemporary fiction from Asia (including China) and Australasia, two regions that have been largely neglected by scholarship of the narrative mode. As a result, the monograph modifies and expands our ideas of what magical realist fiction is.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Party and the Arty in China

The Party and the Arty in China

In a more complicated example, Penguin books published Howard Goldblatt's
fine translation of Mo Yan's novel The Garlic Ballads. On the back cover, where
publishers have their last chance to make a sale to the reader who is
contemplating ...

Author: Richard Curt Kraus

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781417503568

Category: History

Page: 264

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Arguing that cultural reform is a key aspect of political reform, Richard Kraus shows here that China's economic transformation has dramatically liberated the production and consumption of culture. In this original and provocative study, Kraus offers a political analysis of Chinese culture that includes all genres of art. Surveying the evolution of China's cultural politics between 1979 and 2003, this book explores the complex relationship between money and art as exemplified by declining state arts patronage, changing standards for painting nudity, censorship, and the professionalization of artistic work. Cogent, witty, and deeply informed, this comprehensive overview of the Chinese arts scene will be an essential text for all observers of contemporary China.
Categories: History

Pow

Pow

[In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature], "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 .

Author: Yan Mo

Publisher: Seagull Books

ISBN: 0857420763

Category: Fiction

Page: 440

View: 127

[In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature], "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 ... 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"--Dust jacket flap.
Categories: Fiction

Critical Realism and Peasant Ideology - The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan Kenny K .
K . Ng ( 420 ) To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it “ the
way it really was ” . . . It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015074901284

Category: China

Page:

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Categories: China

World Literature Today

World Literature Today

... short fiction - expertly rendered into English by Howard Goldblatt – Mo Yan had
already drawn notice outside his native country for his novels The Garlic Ballads ,
The Republic of Wine , and especially Red Sorghum , made into a memorable ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015078816330

Category: Books

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Categories: Books

World Authors 1990 1995

World Authors 1990 1995

The article suggested Mo was seeking commercial success through base appeal
. ' Sensuality is fine , as long as it ' s not pornography and obscenity , ' the article
said . " But reaction to The Garlic Ballads in the West has been favorable .

Author: Clifford Thompson

Publisher: Hw Wilson Company

ISBN: UOM:49015002917459

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 863

View: 784

Offers biographical sketches of 320 writers' lives and works, including novelists, playwrights, poets, historians, biographers, critics, and philosophers.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Contemporary Authors

Contemporary Authors

Moye ' s work has brought him comparisons with great literary figures such as
Gabriel García Márquez and William Faulkner . Tian tang suan tai zhi ge , [
Beijing , China ] , 1988 , translation by Howard Goldblatt published as The Garlic
Ballads ...

Author: Gale Group

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0787645966

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 462

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Your practical guides to SharePoint 2010 planning, deployment, and administration Get your business collaboration platform up and running smoothly with this two-in-one administrator's toolkit. Plan and deploy your SharePoint 2010 implementation with the Administrator's Companion. Then, get the ready answers you need for day-to-day SharePoint administration with the Administrator's Pocket Consultant—ideal whether you’re at your desk or in the field. The two books included in this kit are: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion This indispensable, single-volume reference details the features, components, and capabilities of SharePoint 2010. Gain the real-world insights, practical workarounds, and key troubleshooting tactics you need for on-the-job results. Plan server-farm topology and information architecture Walk though installation and upgrade procedures Configure and integrate Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 Build and manage web applications and site collections Design and administer site-search services Get scenario-based guidance for scaling out services Implement an Enterprise Content Management solution Administer information-management policies Apply best practices for security, data protection, and disaster recovery Streamline administration with Windows PowerShell® Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers the focused information you need for daily SharePoint 2010 administration. Zero in on core commands and techniques using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. Install or upgrade to SharePoint 2010 Configure core server-farm operations Build and manage Web applications and site collections Administer Enterprise Content Management Set up document and information management policies Configure and scale your site search services Test and implement security settings Use Windows PowerShell cmdlets Conduct backups and recovery
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

One of the Nobel Prize Winners in Literature Ideal for fans of Chinese Playground, We Are Party People, Death of Me, Skate with Me, A Farmer’s Life for Me, and similar works Written by today’s most revered, controversial, and feared ...

Author: Mo Yan

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 9781628722499

Category: Fiction

Page: 552

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One of the Nobel Prize Winners in Literature Ideal for fans of Chinese Playground, We Are Party People, Death of Me, Skate with Me, A Farmer’s Life for Me, and similar works Written by today’s most revered, controversial, and feared Chinese novelist Mo Yan’s Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out is a remarkable story. The absurd, real, comical, and tragic are combined into a fantastic read. The hero—or antihero—is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his kindness to his peasants. His tale is a heart-wrenching and unique journey and completely riveting tale that shares the author’s love of a homeland caught by ills political, traditional, and inevitable.
Categories: Fiction