Lianke, Yan

Lenin's Kisses

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<div> A mystifying climatic incongruity begins the award-winning novel <i>Lenin?s Kisses</i>—an absurdist, tragicomic masterpiece set in modern day China. Nestled deep within the Balou mountains, spared from the government?s watchful eye, the harmonious people of Liven had enough food and leisure to be fully content. But when their crops and livelihood are obliterated by a seven-day snowstorm in the middle of a sweltering summer, a county official arrives with a lucrative scheme both to raise money for the district and boost his career. The majority of the 197 villagers are disabled, and he convinces them to start a traveling performance troupe highlighting such acts as One-Eye?s one-eyed needle threading. With the profits from this extraordinary show, he intends to buy Lenin?s embalmed corpse from Russia and install it in a grand mausoleum to attract tourism, in the ultimate marriage of capitalism and communism. However, the success of the Shuanghuai County Special-Skills Performance Troupe comes at a serious price. <br /> <br />Yan Lianke, one of China?s most distinguished writers—whose works often push the envelope of his country?s censorship system—delivers a humorous, daring, and riveting portrait of the trappings and consequences of greed and corruption at the heart of humanity. </div>

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A mystifying climatic incongruity begins the award-winning novel Lenin?s Kisses—an absurdist, tragicomic masterpiece set in modern day China. Nestled deep within the Balou mountains, spared from the government?s watchful eye, the harmonious people of Liven had enough food and leisure to be fully content. But when their crops and livelihood are obliterated by a seven-day snowstorm in the middle of a sweltering summer, a county official arrives with a lucrative scheme both to raise money for the district and boost his career. The majority of the 197 villagers are disabled, and he convinces them to start a traveling performance troupe highlighting such acts as One-Eye?s one-eyed needle threading. With the profits from this extraordinary show, he intends to buy Lenin?s embalmed corpse from Russia and install it in a grand mausoleum to attract tourism, in the ultimate marriage of capitalism and communism. However, the success of the Shuanghuai County Special-Skills Performance Troupe comes at a serious price.

Yan Lianke, one of China?s most distinguished writers—whose works often push the envelope of his country?s censorship system—delivers a humorous, daring, and riveting portrait of the trappings and consequences of greed and corruption at the heart of humanity.
Lenin's Kisses

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Publisher
Pgw
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
500
Author
Lianke, Yan
ISBN-13
9780802121776
Publication Date
October, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.50 x 5.75 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0802121772

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This is a very unusual...

This is a very unusual book. Imagine the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a touch of Nabokov and some Jon Stewart's cynical social humor, set in a remote town in modern day China. The main premise is that this small town is made up completely of handicapped people who manage to live simply and well. An ambitious bureaucrat discovers they have an entertaining little talent show, and he decides to exploit it. His goal is to import Lenin's corpse to his county and make it a famous tourist attraction. Sometimes bizarre and circuitous, this is a very interesting read.


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