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The Explosion Chronicles

by Yan Lianke - £9.99  Vintage Publishing (Vintage) (2018)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781784701925 | ISBN 10: 1784701920

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL 2017
 
With the Yi River on one side and the Balou Mountains on the other, the village of Explosion was founded a thousand years ago by refugees fleeing a volcanic eruption. But in the post-Mao era, the name takes on a new significance as the rural community grows explosively from a small village to a town to a city to a vast megalopolis.
 
Behind this rapid expansion are three rival clans linked together by a web of ambition, madness and greed. Together they transform their hometown into a Babylon of modern times -- an unrivalled urban superpower built on lies, sex and thievery.

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