• Arch and playful... [Yan Lianke] deploys offbeat humour, anarchic set pieces and surreal imagery to shed new light on dark episodes from modern Chinese history... A brave, brilliant novel

    David Evans, Financial Times
  • It’s a Chinese novel hailed across the planet as a masterpiece, and I’m normally the first to resist such an imposition before I’ve even opened the thing – but for once, the hype doesn’t go far enough... a devastating, brilliant slice of living history

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • No other writer in today's China has so consistently explored, dissected and mocked the past six and a half decades of Chinese communist rule... it is an extraordinary novel

    Isobel Hilton, Observer
  • One of the masters of modern Chinese literature

    Jung Chang
  • Stark, powerful and compelling... A privilege


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