Mo Yan

Translated by Howard Goldblatt

In Change, Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, personalizes the political and social changes in his country over the past few decades in this novella disguised as autobiography—or vice-versa. Unlike most historical narratives from China, which are pegged to political events, Change is a representative of "people's history," a bottom-up rather than top-down view of a country in flux. By moving back and forth in time and focusing on small events and everyday people, Mo Yan breathes life into history by describing the effects of larger-than-life events on the average citizen.

“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 Committee for Literature

Title Change
Author Mo Yan
Translated by Howard Goldblatt
Publisher Seagull Books
Title First Published 07 February 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 117 p.
ISBN-10 0857421603
ISBN-13 9780857421609
Publication Date 07 February 2013
Main content page count 117
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.95

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