Reviews

  • Full of love, sorrow, and tenderness, Yan Lianke’s memoir offers a deeply heartfelt account of his family in the 1960s and 70s. Three Brothers is a must read for anyone who wants to understand post-Mao China and a new opportunity to experience more of what this extraordinary author conveys to us with his vivid and poetic style

    Xiaolu Guo
  • Yan’s heart remains firmly with the patient and stoic people who scratch a living from the soil, year after year, and for whom family is everything. It is an elegiac tribute to his father’s generation

    Isabel Hilton, Financial Times
  • One of the masters of modern Chinese literature

    Jung Chang
  • Yan depicts his provincial relatives with enormous heart and respect, acknowledging their sacrifices in a dark yet poignant meditation on grief and death... A memoir steeped in metaphor and ultimately tremendously moving.

    Kirkus
  • The work of the Chinese author Yan Lianke reminds us that free expression is always in contention – to write is to risk the hand of power

    Guardian
  • Fierce, funny, painful and playful…a great Chinese writer

    Amos Oz
  • Yan is one of those rare geniuses who finds in the peculiar absurdities of his own culture the absurdities that infect all cultures

    Washington Post
  • One of China’s most loved writers

    Isabel Hilton, Financial Times

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