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Yan Lianke

Biography

Yan Lianke

Yan Lianke is the author of numerous story collections and novels, including THE YEARS, MONTHS, DAYS; THE EXPLOSION CHRONICLES, which was longlisted for the Man Booker International and PEN Translation Prize; THE FOUR BOOKS; LENIN'S KISSES; SERVE THE PEOPLE! and DREAM OF DING VILLAGE. Among many accolades, he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, he was twice a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize and he has been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Prix Femina Étranger. He has received two of China’s most prestigious literary honors, the Lu Xun Prize and the Lao She Award.

Yan Lianke

Books by Yan Lianke

written by Yan Lianke, translated by Carlos Rojas - Memoir, Nonfiction

In THREE BROTHERS, Yan Lianke brings the reader into his childhood home in Song County in Henan Province, chronicling the extraordinary lives of his father and uncles, as well as his own. Living in a remote village, Yan’s parents are so poor that they can only afford to use wheat flour on New Year and festival days. Yan yearns to somehow leave the village, and soon novels become an escape. In the evenings, after finishing back-breaking shifts hauling stones at a cement factory, he sets to work writing. He is ultimately delivered from the drudgery and danger of manual labor by a career in the Army, but he is filled with regrets as he recalls these years of scarcity, turmoil and poverty.

written by Yan Lianke, translated by Carlos Rojas - Fiction

In a little village nestled in the Balou mountains, 14-year-old Li Niannian and his parents run a funeral parlor. One evening, he notices a strange occurrence. Instead of preparing for bed, more and more neighbors appear in the streets and fields, carrying on with their daily business as if the sun hadn’t already set. Li Niannian watches, mystified. As hundreds of residents are found dreamwalking, they act out the desires they’ve suppressed during waking hours. Before long, the community devolves into chaos, and it’s up to Li Niannian and his parents to save the town before sunrise.