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Three Brothers by Yan Lianke

Three Brothers

Memories of My Family

Yan Lianke

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Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781784743154

Reading novels is an escape for Yan, and he yearns to become a writer after hearing about a woman who was allowed to remain in the city of Harbin after publishing her first novel.Caught between his obligations as a son and a brother, and his longing for a new life, Yan eventually joins the army.

4 stars out of 5
13 Mar 2020

" a story of opportunity seized, of physical escape and the discovery of a world beyond the village"

It’s the story of a peasant hero who, thanks to the People’s Liberation Army, reclaimed China’s national story from the privileged and educated classes. A cultural commissar’s dream come true. Except that many of Yan Lianke’s novels are banned in China. His surrealism and satire, his talent for the absurd and his preference for unblinking examination of the flaws and absurdities of the Party and the serial tragedies they have inflicted on rural life, don’t make for what the Party judges great socialist literature. They do, though, make him one of China’s most loved writers.