From one of China’s most acclaimed writers, his first work of nonfiction available in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last thirty years, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate his country’s meteoric transformation.
||Knopf, Nov 2011
Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular-“people,” “leader,” “reading,” “writing,” “Lu Xun” (the name of one of the most influential Chinese writers of the twentieth century), “disparity,” “revolution,” “grassroots,” “copycat,” and “bamboozle”-China in Ten Words reveals as never before the world's most populous yet misunderstood nation. Disparity; illustrates the mind-boggling economic gaps that separate Chinese citizens. Copycat; depicts the escalating trends of piracy and imitation as a creative new form of revolutionary action. And bamboozle; describes the increasingly brazen practices of trickery, fraud, and chicanery that are, Yu Hua suggests, becoming a way of life at every level of society.
Characterized by Yu Hua's trademark wit, insight, and courage, China in Ten Words is a refreshingly candid vision of the & Chinese miracle; and all its consequences, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a writer-among China's most influential-living in China today. (BIP)