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Red Sorghum
 
 
Author
Mo Yan.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780140168549
Pages/Publication Date 359/1994
Daedalus Item Code 38557
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A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated film by Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum is a masterpiece from 2012 Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan, in which fable and history collide to produce fiction that is entirely new. Spanning three generations, this novel 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.

"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 Prize Committee

"Though this is the first of Mo Yan's novels to be translated into English, many Americans know his work from the film Red Sorghum, winner of the Silver Bear at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival. The four-chapter novel spans 40 years in rural China through flashbacks and foreshadowing, beginning with the Japanese invasion in the 1930s. Sorghum, used as food and as an ingredient of a potent wine, had been the focus and metaphor of peasant life during peacetime. In wartime, it becomes intertwined with the struggle for life. Death pervades this novel—death brutally dealt by Japanese troops, by factions within China, by crazed dog packs; death from suicide, starvation, and freezing. The strength and love of the narrator's grandmother and her lover insure the continuation of their line against all odds. But they cannot prevent the later introduction of a hybrid sorghum into their village that lacks the 'soul and bearing' of prerevolution sorghum."—Library Journal

 
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