Red Sorghum: A Novel of China

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Penguin, Apr 1, 1994 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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 LiteratureSpanning 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.
 

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User Review  - almigwin - LibraryThing

This is a very moving and beautifully written story, but it contains unbelievable amounts of violence. It begins with the arranged marriage of a beautiful 16 year old girl to a leprous boy from a ... Read full review

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User Review  - baswood - LibraryThing

Fields of Sorghum appear on nearly every page of Mo Yan's novel and it is no wonder because his characters; eat it, feed their animals with it, make wine from it, fight in it, die in it, take refuge ... Read full review

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Mo Yan is the pen name of the Chinese novelist Guan Moye, who is one of the most celebrated writers in the Chinese language. His best-known novels in the West include Red Sorghum, which was made into an award-winning film; The Garlic Ballads, Shifu: You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh; and Big Breasts and Wide Hips. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first resident of mainland China to win the award.

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