• "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"