Lenin's Kisses

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Oct 2, 2012 - Fiction - 592 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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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
18
Section 4
29
Section 5
42
Section 6
58
Section 7
94
Section 8
102
Section 20
228
Section 21
241
Section 22
249
Section 23
266
Section 24
290
Section 25
304
Section 26
313
Section 27
330

Section 9
113
Section 10
124
Section 11
134
Section 12
144
Section 13
153
Section 14
158
Section 15
165
Section 16
177
Section 17
190
Section 18
206
Section 19
216
Section 28
353
Section 29
364
Section 30
381
Section 31
423
Section 32
431
Section 33
453
Section 34
457
Section 35
470
Section 36
475
Section 37
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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 was short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize and adapted into a film, renamed Til Death Do Us Part.

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