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Author
Mo Yan. Howard Goldblatt, trans.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780143128380
Pages/Publication Date 388/2016
Daedalus Item Code 69123
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A midwife in pre–Cultural Revolution China who combines modern medical knowledge with a healer's touch, Gugu is beautiful, charismatic, and of an unimpeachable political background, in this stunning novel from Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan. After a disastrous love affair with a defector, however, she throws herself into zealously enforcing China's draconian new family-planning policy, performing forced sterilizations and late-term abortions to limit families to a single child. Gugu spares no one, not even her family or herself, until this once-beloved healer becomes the incarnation of a reviled political order violently at odds with deeply rooted social values. Yan's stunning, sweeping novel takes us from China's pre-revolutionary era to the country's modern-day consumer society.

"It's an expansive, fascinating cultural-political history. It skillfully blends high farce with social commentary, domestic drama with deeper themes.... Much of the novel is funny, much is sad and moving, and Yan effortlessly moves between the two registers. And you really get a sense of how China and rural Northern Gaomi (Yan's hometown) have changed, almost beyond description, from Maoist times to the current hyper-capitalistic phase."—Independent (London)

 
 
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