by Mo Yan - £9.99 Methuen Publishers (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780413775313 | ISBN 10: 0413775313
By China's greatest living novelist, an unforgettable story of politics, love, loyalty and retribution - between man and woman, father and child, friend and friend.
In China's Paradise Coutny, the peasants have grown their famous garlic crop for hundreds of years. But corrupt Communist officials have other plans; and when a market glut leaves the fields blackened and rotting, everything changes. Now a young girl's beauty is valued only for the price it will fetch, and a riot against the local party is brewing with terrible consequences...
Banned in China since Tiananmen Square, The Garlic Ballads conjures a world both strange and utterly compelling, and a people whose fierce emotions defy the rigid traditions of their past.
"Raw, brilliant, eventful... A tale full of seething vitality."
(New York Times)
(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)