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Lenin's Kisses is a brilliant novel about modern China. Blind, deaf, and disfigured, the 197 citizens of the Village of Liven enjoy a peaceful lifestyle, spared from the government's watchful eye. But when an unseasonal snowstorm wipes out the grain crops, a county official convinces the villagers to set up a travelling freak-show showcasing their disabilities. With the money, he intends to buy Lenin's embalmed corpse from Russia and install it in a mausoleum in the mountains to attract tourism to the sleepy district.
Lenin's Kisses is a rollicking tragicomedy with a cast of moving characters—a cautionary tale of the all-consuming desire for power and wealth from one of China's most respected and celebrated writers


'The novel's depth lies in its ability to express an unbearable sorrow, even while constantly making the reader laugh out loud...a truly miraculous novel.' Hong Kong Ming Pao Weekly


'Yan Lianke sees and describes his characters with great tenderness...this talented and sensitive writer exposes the absurdity of our time.' La Croix


'Yan Lianke weaves a passionate satire of today's China, a marvellous circus where the one-eyed-man is king...Brutal. And wickedly funny.' L'Express


'One of China's most successful fiction writers.' New York Times


Praise for Dream of Ding Village


'Dream of Ding Village paints a riveting and disturbing portrait of village life in the grip of epidemic...as an exposé of mind-boggling greed, corruption and failure of government in the spread of AIDS through blood-selling, Ding Village is powerful and peerless.' Sydney Morning Herald


'[Dream of Ding Village] can be read on several levels, as the story of a rural village; as a description of several power struggles; as a ghost story; as a portrait of a regime gone mad.' Otago Daily Times


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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    October 24, 2012

    Text (Adult)

    560 pages

    RRP $27.99

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The Years, Months, Days
The Explosion Chronicles
Marrow: Penguin Specials
The Four Books
Dream of Ding Village
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