(Book of the Month) — (Book Club)
The Participant Observer Book of the Month is: The Explosion Chronicles
by Yan Lianke
Just in time for the U.S.-China summit meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, the World View Project brings you its April 2017 Book of the Month, Yan Lianke's The Explosion Chronicles (2016), a "burlesque of a nation driven insane by money"(Wall Street Journal). Award-winning author Yan Lianke satirically chronicles the comically successful efforts of the village of Explosion's leading families to transform it into a modern metropolis. "The resulting novel is a hyper-real tour de force, a blistering condemnation of political corruption and excess masquerading as absurdist saga. Yan has the unenviable yet suitably illogical reputation of being simultaneously China's most feted and most banned author."—The Financial Times
The Explosion Chronicles is an international best-seller, nominated for the Man Booker Award and favorably reviewed by a long list of publications including The New York Times ("superlative gifts for storytelling and penetrating eye for truth"), Kirkus Reviews ("Brilliant.."), Le Monde ("Yan Lianke's poetic prose rewards those who read to the end of this great novel of rare profundity"), The Library Journal ("An epic page-turner . . . a multi-layered marvel"), and The Guardian ("one of China's greatest living authors").