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  • Published: 15 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780734399564
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 351
  • RRP: $19.99
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The Republic of Wine: China Library




A true example of Mo Yan's 'hallucinatory realism,' The Republic of Wine is a tale of modern China’s indulgence and corruption

When Special Investigator Ding Gou’er arrives in the fictional province of Liquorland, the air reeks of coal and liquor. Tasked with investigating rumours that local officials are practising cannibalism, he transforms from observer to participant in the bacchanalian rounds of lavish banquets and intemperate drinking. Unable to keep up with Diamond Jin, an official with a notorious capacity for holding his drink, Ding falls into an intoxicated haze until the arrival of a new dish at the banquet table: a 'golden, incredibly fragrant little boy' which leads to an explosive and surreal series of events that test the limits of his sanity.

A true example of Mo Yan's 'hallucinatory realism,' The Republic of Wine is a tale of modern China’s indulgence and corruption

  • Pub date: 15 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780734399564
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 351
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Mo Yan

Mo Yan was born in 1955 in Gaomi County in Shandong province, China. He is the author of various novellas and short stories and numerous novels including Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and The Garlic Ballads. In 2012 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Praise for The Republic of Wine: China Library

“In turns satirical, grotesque, hypnotic, hallucinatory, fantastic and wild”

Asian Review of Books


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