A Novel of China
Publication Date: April 1994
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A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated film directed by Zhang Yimou, "Red Sorghum "is a book in which fable and history collide to produce fiction that is entirely new--and unforgettable.
In awarding him the Nobel Prize the Swedish Academy said: "Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition."
HOWARD GOLDBLATT and SYLVIA LI-CHUN LIN are translators of Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man, which was named the 1999 Translation of the Year by the American Literary Translators Association. They live in South Bend, Indiana.