ISBN 9780701186982,The Four Books

The Four Books


Yan Lianke


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780701186982

ISBN-10 0701186984


Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)


One Of China'S Greatest Living Authors And Fiercest Satirist'S Guardian

In The Ninety-Ninth District Of A Sprawling Labour Camp, The Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian And Technician Are Undergoing Re-Education, To Restore Their Revolutionary Zeal And Credentials. In Charge Of This Process Is The Child, Who Delights In Draconian Rules, Monitoring Behaviour And Confiscating Treasured Books.

The Inmates And Hundreds Of Intellectuals Just Like Them -- Must Meet Challenges Set By The Higher-Ups To Grow An Ever-Spiralling Amount Of Wheat Per Li Of Land And To Smelt Vast Quantities Of Steel. The Stakes Are High They Can Win Their Freedom If They Are Awarded Enough Of The Small Red Blossoms, Medium Red Blossoms And Pentagonal Stars Given Out For Effort, Obedience And Informing On Others.

But When Bad Weather Arrives, Followed By The 'Three Bitter Years' Of The Great Famine, The Intellectuals Are Abandoned By The Regime And Left On Their Own To Survive.

Divided Into Four Narratives, Echoing The Four Texts Of Confucianism And The Four Gospels Of The New Testament, The Four Books Tells The Story Of One Of China'S Most Controversial Periods. It Also Shows Us The Power Of Camaraderie, Love And Faith Against Oppression And The Darkest Possible Odds.

Yan Lianke

Winner Of The Franz Kafka Prize 2014

Nominated For Czech Award Magnesia Litera 2014

Hua Zhong World Chinese Literature Prize 2013

Finalist For The Man Booker International Prize 2013

Winner Of The Hua Zhong World Chinese Literature Prize 2013

Shortlisted For The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012

Shortlisted For The Prix Femina Etranger 2012

Shortlisted For The Man Asian Literary Prize 2011

Winner Of The Lao She Literature Award 2004

Winner Of The Lu Xun Award 1997