With his distinctive style that blends mythology and realism, satire and fantasy, Yan Liankeone of the most acclaimed Chinese writers of his generationreturns with an unforgettable tale of three families competing to convert their small town into a super metropolis
The Explosion Chronicles
978-0-8021-2582-8 • $26.00 • Cloth • Oct. 2016
“Yan Lianke paints a metaphoric and absurd portrait of contemporary China so obsessed with growth that its moral values have been left by the wayside. . . .
[A] great novel of rare insight.”Le Monde
Man Booker International finalist Yan Lianke has been lauded for his imaginative satire and insightful cultural critique as “one of China’s most successful writers” (New Yorker). His internationally bestselling new novel, The Explosion Chronicles, follows the excessive expansion of a rural community from small village to megalopolis.
With the Yi River on one side and the Balou Mountains on the other, the village of Explosion was founded more than a millennium ago by refugees fleeing a seismic volcanic eruption. But in the post-Mao era, the name takes on new significance as the rural community explosively grows from a village to a vast metropolis. Behind this rapid expansion are three families, including the four Kong brothers; Zhu Ying, the daughter of the former village chief; and Cheng Qing, who starts out as a secretary and goes on to become a powerful political figure. Linked together by a complex web of ambition, madness, and greed, they transform their hometown into a Babylon of modern timesan unrivaled urban superpower built on lies, sex, and thievery.
Brimming with absurdity, intelligence, and wit, The Explosion Chronicles considers the high stakes of passion and power, the consequences of corruption and greed, the polarizing dynamics of love and hate, as well as the seemingly boundless excesses of capitalist culture.