• Charting the transformation of a rural village into a 21st- century megalopolis, it is a boisterously inventive novel that conveys the everyday reality of modern China

    David Mills, Sunday Times Books of the Year
  • As much a parody of communist rule in China as a devastating critique of capitalist excess, power, greed and self-destruction, Yan’s novel is nothing short of a masterpiece

    Claire Kohda Hazelton, Observer
  • Extraordinary... A provocatively illuminating and perceptive insight into contemporary China

    David Mills, The Sunday Times
  • A hyper-real tour de force, a blistering condemnation of political corruption and excess masquerading as absurdist saga

    Catherine Taylor, Financial Times
  • A rip-roaring Swiftian satire from a contemporary Chinese master... Yan Lianke, one of China's most forthright and versatile novelists, enlists extravagant comedy and far-fetched fable to propel his critique of a society where "power and money have colluded to steal people's souls"

    The Economist

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