Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his generosity and kindness to his peasants, is not only stripped of his land and worldly possessions in Mao's Land Reform Movement of 1948, but is cruelly executed, despite his protestations of innocence. He goes to Hell, where Lord Yama, king of the underworld, has Ximen Nao tortured endlessly, trying to make him admit his guilt, to no avail. Finally, in disgust, Lord Yama allows Ximen Nao to return to earth, to his own farm, where he is reborn not as a human but first as a donkey, then an ox, pig, dog, monkey, and finally the big-headed boy Lan Qiansui. Through the earthy and hugely entertaining perspectives of these animals, Ximen Nao narrates fifty years of modern Chinese history, ending on the eve of the new millennium. Here is an absolutely spellbinding tale that reveals the author's love of the land, beset by so many ills, traditional and modern.
Publisher: New York : Arcade, c2011
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Goldblatt, Howard 1939-
Alternative Title: Life & death are wearing me out

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 15, 2013

This is a good-size book by Chinese Nobel Literary Prize winner Mo Yan. Excellent translation by Howard Goldblatt. It is about life re-incarnated and life seen from different angles, including that from the view point of animals. An interesting diversion to a culture and its values that the average reader would otherwise have no or little access to. Recommended for the open-minded readers.

debwalker Oct 11, 2012

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan, "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary," according to the citation read by Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.

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