The Four Books

The Four Books

Book - 2015
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Man Booker International Prize finalist Yan Lianke's most powerful and searing novel yet, about the persecution of intellectuals in a reeducation camp during the Great Leap Forward. "The Four Books" is a daring, darkly satirical story of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp during China's "three bitter years" of famine. Reminiscent of such classics as "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" and "Darkness at Noon," Yan's mythical, symbolic, sometimes surreal tale portrays the absurdity and grotesquerie of this traumatic period, which has been a taboo subject for half a century. Divided into four narratives - influenced by the four texts of Confucianism and the four Gospels of the New Testament - this is an affecting and poetic novel that captures the universal power of camaraderie, love, and faith against oppression and the darkest odds.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780802123121
Characteristics: xii, 338 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rojas C., Carlos - Translator


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DevilStateDan Aug 05, 2015

This was a fascinating read about the re-education system in China under Chairman Mao.
The brutality & absurdness of the camps & what the attendees were forced to endure is all here in graphic detail, told through the stories of a handful of people involved it works well to show this era from multiple perspectives.
#ABookSetInADifferentCountry #2015ReadingChallenge

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