Lenin's Kisses

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Random House UK Limited, Oct 1, 2012 - Fiction - 512 pages
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A mystifying climatic incongruity begins the award-winning novel "Lenin's Kisses"--an absurdist, tragicomic masterpiece set in modern day China. Nestled deep within the Balou mountains, spared from the government's watchful eye, the harmonious people of Liven had enough food and leisure to be fully content. But when their crops and livelihood are obliterated by a seven-day snowstorm in the middle of a sweltering summer, a county official arrives with a lucrative scheme both to raise money for the district and boost his career. The majority of the 197 villagers are disabled, and he convinces them to start a traveling performance troupe highlighting such acts as One-Eye's one-eyed needle threading. With the profits from this extraordinary show, he intends to buy Lenin's embalmed corpse from Russia and install it in a grand mausoleum to attract tourism, in the ultimate marriage of capitalism and communism. However, the success of the Shuanghuai County Special-Skills Performance Troupe comes at a serious price.
Yan Lianke, one of China's most distinguished writers--whose works often push the envelope of his country's censorship system--delivers a humorous, daring, and riveting portrait of the trappings and consequences of greed and corruption at the heart of humanity.

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This is a very unusual book. Imagine the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a touch of Nabokov and some Jon Stewart's cynical social humor, set in a remote town in modern day China. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Yan Lianke was born in 1958 in Henan Province, China. He is the author of numerous novels and short-story collections, including Serve the People! and Dream of Ding Village, which in 2012 was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and adapted into a film, renamed Til Death Do Us Part. Lenin's Kisses won China's prestigious Lao She Award.

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